This week, plans are underway to help make 4G mobile broadband faster, Virgin Media joins the price hike party, and Which? has some shocking findings on the price of line rentals.
Faster and cheaper 4G on the way
4G mobile broadband is set to become faster and cheaper after Ofcom announced plans to free up bandwidth from frequencies presently restricted for use by wireless microphones and digital terrestrial TV services. Don’t get too excited yet though as the improvement in service might not be fully implemented for mobiles until 2022.
Virgin Media announces price rises
Virgin Media has become the last of the big phone companies to announce prices rises, putting up it landline and bundle charges by between £1 and £4.50 a month. The cable firm, which supplies phone, broadband and TV to about 4m households, said its landline charge would rise by £1 a month to £16.99 from 1 February.
Is it good to talk? Line rental prices keep rising
BT, Sky and TalkTalk are delivering unwanted early Christmas presents to customers by increasing line rental prices in December. And Virgin Media has announced a similar line rental price rise for February next year. Which? tracked the cost of line rental prices and found that regular price increases by the UK’s biggest providers mean you could now be paying up to 62% more now than you did in 2008.
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