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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims

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BT's broadband and landline tariffs are set to balloon by more than 6 per cent, the one-time state monopoly has said.

Customers are being told to expect prices to climb from December. It comes after rival Virgin Media informed its broadband-only subscribers of plans to jack up tariffs on its network.

BT's price tags are set to rocket way above inflation (1.6 per cent), with its landline tariff increasing by £1 to £16.99. While the company's broadband price will increase by up to 6.49 per cent.

"We have taken care to make sure that low-income customers avoid price increases," said BT consumer boss John Petter. "We have added extra money-saving options for low-income customers and for customers who only want a phone line for calls."

A BT Basic package - which comes with a call allowance - offered to poorer subscribers remains unchanged at £5.10 a month, the telco said.

The company promised that its "high profile" advertised broadband offers would not be affected by the price hike. ®