Friday 23 March 2018

Bad news for households as TV and broadband prices set to rise

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Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

Television and broadband customers of Sky Ireland and Vodafone are facing higher prices in the coming weeks.

The communications companies are imposing rises of up to €10 a month.

Vodafone Ireland said it is raising prices for some of its voice and broadband customers on older, legacy packages from December.

Among the plans that will be increased in price are Simply Talk, which is rising from €30 per month to €40.

Other plans going up in price include the company's Simply Broadband service, which rises by €7 per month.

A spokesman for the company said prices on other affected plans will increase by an average of €4 per month.

“This price increase will impact a small number of customers bringing them in line with our current pricing which continues to offer customers one of the most competitively priced broadband and landline packages on the market,” the spokesman said.

Sky Ireland has started contacting customers with average bill set to increase for some customers by between €2 and €4 a month from December on.

People on older TV and broadband packages will face higher bills.

Those affected by the price hikes are customers who are either on legacy products, or who had previously been benefiting from a special low price.

A spokeswoman for the company stressed that the vast majority of its customers will not see any increases.

But "a small proportion" will see average bills rise by €3 per month.

Sky said the increases brings all Sky customer bills into line with current pricing.

"Whenever we review our pricing we work hard to keep any rises to a minimum," the spokeswoman said.

Sky said the price changes are largely to allow it to invest in its broadband and TV services and to continue to introduce new technology that enables customers to watch what they want, when they want.

The company, which claimed its remains the most competitively priced provider in the market for fibre broadband and triple play services.

It added that any new promotions introduced from December onwards will include the updated pricing.

Eoin Clarke of price comparison site said if any contract terms change - including a price rise like this - you are free to cancel the contract without penalty.

He said generally people will need to cancel within 30 days on notification of the price increase.

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