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Offset rising line rental costs - bundle your TV, broadband and home phone services and save £395 pa

The broadband, home phone and TV market is super-competitive at present with a continued flow of discounts and introductory deals on offer. But underneath the discounting there are some significant price rises underway as the big providers put up line rental costs.

By on October 29, 2012 at 15:44 PM
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Offset rising line rental costs - bundle your TV, broadband and home phone services and save £395 pa

Line rentals costs are rising

Line rental costs are easy to forget as they are rarely mentioned in advertised headline prices, yet a line rental is required for home phone and almost all broadband packages (except some packages offered by Virgin Media) and most pay TV packages.

Line rental costs have increased very significantly over the last few years and now average over £13 per month (or £156 per year which is more expensive than a TV license!).  There are however cost differences between providers and big savings if you are prepared to pay up front for a year.

Charlie Ponsonby, CEO of Simplifydigital comments:

"Not surprisingly additional line rental charges do not feature heavily in advertising, but they do often form a significant part (or in some cases the majority) of the overall cost of the broadband and phone package.  So customers need to be very wary of rising line rental costs when choosing between providers."

 

Line Rental Increase by provider
Provider BT Sky Virgin Media TalkTalk Plusnet
Line Rental 14.6 14.5 13.9 14.5 12.99
Line Rental Increase 15.45 N/A N/A 14.95 13.99
Increase Due 5 of Jan, 2013 N/A N/A 1 of Jan, 2013 18 of Nov, 2012

If you shop around you can make big savings

The latest research from Simplifydigital.com, an Ofcom-accredited switching support service for digital TV, broadband and home phone, shows that customers who bundle their digital TV, broadband and home phone services from a single provider, save an average of £395 pa *.

As Charlie Ponsonby, CEO of Simplifydigital comments:

 "As line rental costs rise this autumn, households are shopping around for better deals often by bundling their services from a single provider.  The customers who come to us for advice and help switching, save an average of over £390 per year by moving to the best deals."

Despite the very big potential savings, many households put TV, broadband and home phone switching to the bottom of their list of switching priorities, thinking that it will be too much hassle to switch.  And this is where a free service like Simplifydigital can really help.

 Simplifydigital offers a free and impartial "Switching Support" service for anyone looking to get a digital TV, broadband or phone package with experts are then on hand to help make sure that the new services get installed with minimum of fuss.

Their UK-based impartial experts are available for free over the phone, to answer all those tricky questions and match the family's needs to the best deal available.  The Simplifydigital Lowest Price Guarantee means that you won't find a cheaper deal elsewhere.

Simplifydigital's impartial experts are available for free on 0800 093 3930 seven days a week (Lines open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-5:30pm; Sunday 10-6:30pm). 

Charlie Ponsonby continues:

"We help thousands of people switch and save every month.  Our experts are on hand to find you the perfect deal for your household and hold your hand through the switching process, so as line rental costs rise, there really is no excuse to delay any more - the more time you wait, the more money you may be wasting."

Budget broadband and home phone bundles

The basic broadband and home phone bundle is the most popular digital bundle in the UK as it is much cheaper than buying standalone services.  The introductory offers tend to offset the rises in line rental.  But these deals are not without their pitfalls, and are not available in every area, so we strongly recommend talking to the experts before taking the plunge.

 


Best Value Broadband & Phone Deals
Provider Package Ideal for Monthly Cost Line Rental Set up costs 1st Year Subscription
Plusnet Plusnet Value with Evening & Weekend Calls - Up to 16 Mbps download speed - 10 GB download allowance - Free evening & weekend calls to UK landlines - 12 month contract Light user - ideal for those using the internet for e-mails and browsing. Medium landline usage - for those households whom only use the landline at the evening and weekends. Half price for 9 months, £6.49 thereafter (plus £13.99 line rental) 13.99 4.99 £48.63 (£216.51 incl line rental)
TalkTalk TalkTalk Essentials - Up to 14 Mbps download speed - Unlimited usage for 12 months - Free evening & weekend calls to UK landlines - 1000 UK Mobile Minutes for 3 months - 12 month contract Heavy users - no download limit means users can download as much as they need to. Medium landline usage - for those households whom aren't at home Monday - Friday during the day. Half price for 9 months, £6.50 per month thereafter (plus £14.50 line rental) 14.5 Free £48.75 (£222.75 incl line rental)
Sky Broadband Unlimited & Skytalk Weekends - Up to 14 Mbps download speed - Truly unlimited downloads - Free weekend calls to UK landlines - 12 month contract Heavy users - no download limit and no traffic management means users can download as much as they need to. Light landline usage - for those households whom only use the landline at the weekends. Free for 6 months, £10 thereafter (plus £14.50 line rental) 14.5 Free £60.00 (£234.00 incl line rental)

 

"Top of the range" broadband and phone bundles

"Top of the range" broadband and phone bundles
Provider Package Ideal for Monthly Cost Line Rental Set up costs 1st Year Subscription
O2 (for O2 Mobile Customers) O2 The All Rounder with Evening & Weekend Calls - Up to 16 Mbps download speed - Unlimited Usage - Inclusive evening & weekend calls to UK landlines - 12 month contract Heavy users - no download limit means users can download as much as they need to. Medium landline usage - for those households whom only use the landline at the evening and weekends. Half price for 12 months, £12.50 thereafter (plus £13.00 line rental) 13 Free £75.00 (£231.00 incl line rental)
Plusnet Plusnet Extra with Evening & Weekend Calls - Up to 16 Mbps download speed - 60 GB download allowance - Inclusive evening & weekend calls to UK landlines - 12 month contract Heavy users - 60 GB is a high usage allowance, three times higher than the average family household usage (17GB). Medium landline usage - for those households whom only use the landline at the evening and weekends. Half price for 9 months, £11.49 thereafter (plus £13.99 line rental) 13.99 4.99 £86.13 (£254.01 incl line rental)
Sky Broadband Unlimited & Skytalk Unlimited - Up to 14 Mbps download speed - Truly unlimited downloads - Inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines - 12 month contract Heavy users - no download limit and no traffic management means users can download as much as they need to. Heavy landline usage - for those households whom use the landline frequently. £5 for 6 months, £15 thereafter (plus £14.50 line rental) 14.5 Free £120.00 (£294.00 incl line rental)
Virgin Media Broadband 30Mb & Phone Size: XL - Up to 30 Mbps download speed - Unlimited downloads - Inclusive anytime calls to UK landlines & Virgin Mobiles - 18 month contract Heavy users - no download limit means users can download as much as they need to. Heavy landline usage - for those households whom use the landline frequently. £15.25 for 6 months, £22.50 thereafter (plus £13.90 line rental) 14.5 £49.95* £226.50 (£393.30 incl line rental)

 

 

*20% of Simplifydigital customers received an average saving of £395 per year. Data based on 741 Simplifydigital records between 01st Dec 2011 - 5th March 2012

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