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Home Landline Hit By VAT Price Hike

Wed 05 Jan, 2011 // Firstnumber Team
VAT rise

Following the UK Government's 2.5% VAT increase, phone users may be compelled to shop around as the cost of landline packages from the country's biggest providers soared.

BT landlines now cost £13.60 for a standard package while Virgin cable phone users will be expected to pay £17.24.

As well as increased landline rental costs, connection fees and calling rates are also expected to rise for both national and international calls.

Consumer watchdogs are now urging landline customers to shop around to find the best deal following the VAT hike.

Direct Debit Landline Packages Help Consumers Save Money And Make Cheap International Calls

In particular, customers are encouraged to look at the difference paying by monthly direct debit – rather than making a payment after receiving a bill – can make to the overall cost of owning a landline.

For example, Virgin customers could stand to save in the region of £60 a year via direct debit.

Paperless billing – where account information and circulars are sent via email instead of post – could also help consumers slash line rentals costs, as could deconstructing their package in a bid to remove potentially unnecessary features such as answer phone or call back functions.

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