Bill hikes for Sky Ireland and Vodafone customers
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 was 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 land-line packages on the market," the spokesman said.
Sky Ireland has started contacting customers with average bills set to increase for some customers by between €2 and €4 a month from December. 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 would not see any increases. But a "small proportion" will see average bills rise by €3 per month. Sky said the increase 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 were largely to allow it to invest in its broadband and TV services.