Re: Be aware, BT price hikes
Originally Posted by Pesta
Oh no, I've not heard anything about this.... hope I don't have to be hiked. I thought I could relax till next year.
I so sick and tired of BT upping prices in the middle of contracts.
Think I'm in till March next year too. It's such a pain trawling round for alternatives and then getting them to drop their prices when I've found something cheaper. I succeed so I still end up with them.
I think this time I will have big strop if they work this on me.
I felt the same and vowed that something else they do would have to stop. The other thing they did was to make broadband an 18-month contract but the line rental, is paid in advance for 12-months. That means you are always finding that to change one or other of those, there is always a 'leaving contract early' fee to pay if you wish to leave so they always have the upper hand. Then if I recall correctly they introduced a two-year contract so when this ended and coincided with the end of the 12-month line rental I tried to get a reduced deal. BT wouldn't agree to this, and that was after being with them for 45 years, but not any longer. It was "goodbye BT" and "hello" to a new provider. I changed to EE after finding their deal for broadband was cheaper than BT and there was no line rental at all. I was paying BT £53 a month in total but am now paying EE a total of just £23 a month!
The landline is not used other than it is necessary for broadband, the quality of incoming calls is so bad, due to old inefficient copper cables, that I use a mobile with EE for all outgoing and incoming calls, so that was another rip-off with BT.
One other rip-off with BT before I end this. There was a 'connection fee' of 2p a connected call (14 years' ago I recall). That came from when a human operator manually connected a call. Then that increased over the years to about 23.29p a call (basic 3.3p) and the name was changed to 'set-up' fee. What a con all calls are automatically connected and have been for decades but still BT made that charge on every single call. Check this out, the table of 'set-up' fees is shown on the link below:
"What's a set-up fee?
It's a one-off fee we charge once the call's connected and the pence per minute rate starts. For example, if a call takes five minutes, you'll pay the set-up fee plus five minutes at the pence-per-minute rate."
Apologies, end of rant but BT are, in my opinion, 'rip-off merchants'.