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3 Ways To Beat The Broadband Price Hikes In 2017

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The finances of millions of Brits will take a further hit from March and April this year with price increases from telecom giants BT and Sky. This guide takes a look at mid-contract price rises covering the likes of broadband, phone line rental, call packages and TV, while suggesting 3 ways to beat these price hikes.

Which Providers Are Increasing Their Prices?

It is not just BT and Sky who are increasing their prices. Back in November 2016, millions of Virgin Media and TalkTalk customers were hit by price hikes. Since then though, TalkTalk has launched an innovative range of fixed price broadband plans that last the duration of the contract - so there are no price hikes mid-contract. In fact, with the range of contract lengths on offer, you could fix your broadband price until 2019!

Why Is My Package Increasing In Price? I Thought It Was A Fixed Price!

Many providers increase their prices each year to help fund the improvement of their products and services. However, many Brits believe at the point of ordering their package, they are signing up to a fixed monthly price for the life of their contract.

Here Is The GOOD NEWS!

To improve protection for consumers from mid-contract price rises, broadband providers have to follow guidance rules laid down by Ofcom, the telecoms regulator.

These rules state that customers should be given at least one month's notice of the price increase and importantly, be allowed to leave their contract without penalty within 30 days of that notice.

3 Ways To Beat The Price Hikes

With customers able to exit their contract without penalty within 30 days of the price rise notice, here are 3 ways they can use this to beat the price hikes.

1. Switch Broadband Provider

Many Brits should use this as an opportunity to find a better deal with a new provider and make some savings along the way! To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1 - Enter your postcode into our BBC recognised, broadband comparison tool to search and compare broadband packages in your area.

Remember, TalkTalk offer fixed price Broadband and phone line rental packages for the duration of the contract (so you could fix your broadband price until 2019!), while Sky Sports and Sky Cinema can be added and removed via TalkTalk TV on short 30 day contracts.

Step 2 - Select the deal that best suits your needs and click through to the provider website to order online.

If you are switching from or to the likes of TalkTalk, Plusnet, BT or Sky, the company you are switching to will handle the entire switch for you. Please see our guide to switching broadband provider for more information.

2. Haggle With Your Existing Provider

Though it is getting harder to secure a better deal with an existing provider, it may be worth using the price rise notice to haggle with your provider. They will have a raft of retention deals to call upon, but be prepared to stand firm and haggle hard - knowing you can ultimately exit your contract without penalty (within 30 days of the price rise notice).

3. Downgrade Your Existing Package

The questions to consider here are for example, do you need an anytime calls plan with your broadband package when you have unused minutes left on your mobile phone tariff each month?

Or, do you make use of all the TV channels within your subscribed digital TV package or would you be better off removing the TV package and paying as you go for the likes of Sky Sports and Sky Cinema with NOW TV?

What Next?

If you're considering switching to a new provider, it's worth taking a look at TalkTalk's fixed price broadband and pick & mix TV packages below.

Compare TalkTalk Broadband & TV Packages

Provider Package Details Speed (up to) Download Limit Contract Period Costs More Info
TalkTalk Fast Broadband

Speed (up to): 17Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
£0 setup,
1st year cost £239.40,
£19.95 per month*
5 Star Rating
TalkTalk Fast Broadband
*Fixed cost for 12 months. Includes TalkTalk monthly phone line rental cost
17Mb Unlimited 12 months Monthly cost £19.95* 1st year cost: £239.40
£0.00 setup
Fixed Price Guarantee For The Life Of The Contract

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FREE Setup
TalkTalk TV With Fast Broadband

Speed (up to): 17Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
£25 setup,
1st year cost £264.40,
£19.95 per month*
5 Star Rating
TalkTalk TV With Fast Broadband - Fast Broadband + TalkTalk TV (TalkTalk TV Box, 75+ Freeview Channels With Pause & Rewind, 30 Days Catch-Up TV, The Best On-Demand Players, Optional TalkTalk Boosts & TalkTalk Box Office)
*For 12 months. Includes TalkTalk monthly phone line rental cost
17Mb Unlimited 12 months Monthly cost £19.95* 1st year cost: £264.40
£25.00 setup
Add & Remove Channels Like Sky Sports On A 30 Day Contract

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Fixed Price Broadband Guarantee For The Life Of The Contract
TalkTalk Faster Fibre Broadband

Speed (up to): 38Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
£0 setup,
1st year cost £300,
£25 per month*
5 Star Rating
TalkTalk Faster Fibre Broadband
*Fixed cost for 18 months. Includes TalkTalk monthly phone line rental cost
38Mb Unlimited 18 months Monthly cost £25.00* 1st year cost: £300.00
£0.00 setup
Fixed Price Guarantee For The Life Of The Contract

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FREE Fibre Setup
TalkTalk TV Plus With Fast Broadband

Speed (up to): 17Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
£25 setup,
1st year cost £324.40,
£24.95 per month*
5 Star Rating
TalkTalk TV Plus With Fast Broadband - Fast Broadband + TalkTalk TV (TalkTalk TV Box, 75+ Freeview Channels With Pause, Rewind & Record, 30 Day Catch-Up TV, All The Best On-Demand Players, 30+ Entertainment Channels Incl. Sky 1, Optional TalkTalk Boosts & TalkTalk Box Office)
*For 12 months. Includes TalkTalk monthly phone line rental cost
17Mb Unlimited 12 months Monthly cost £24.95* 1st year cost: £324.40
£25.00 setup
Add & Remove Channels Like Sky Sports On A 30 Day Contract

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Fixed Price Broadband Guarantee For The Life Of The Contract
TalkTalk TV With Faster Fibre Broadband

Speed (up to): 38Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
£25 setup,
1st year cost £325,
£25 per month*
5 Star Rating
TalkTalk TV With Faster Fibre Broadband - Faster Fibre Broadband + TalkTalk TV (TalkTalk TV Box, 75+ Freeview Channels With Pause & Rewind, 30 Days Catch-Up TV, The Best On-Demand Players, Optional TalkTalk Boosts & TalkTalk Box Office)
*For 18 months. Includes TalkTalk monthly phone line rental cost
38Mb Unlimited 18 months Monthly cost £25.00* 1st year cost: £325.00
£25.00 setup
Add & Remove Channels Like Sky Sports On A 30 Day Contract

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Fixed Price Fibre Broadband Guarantee For The Life Of The Contract
TalkTalk Faster Fibre Broadband

Speed (up to): 76Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
£0 setup,
1st year cost £378,
£31.50 per month*
5 Star Rating
TalkTalk Faster Fibre Broadband
*Fixed cost for 18 months. Includes TalkTalk monthly phone line rental cost
76Mb Unlimited 18 months Monthly cost £31.50* 1st year cost: £378.00
£0.00 setup
Fixed Price Guarantee For The Life Of The Contract

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FREE Fibre Setup
TalkTalk TV Plus With Faster Fibre Broadband

Speed (up to): 38Mb,
Download limit: Unlimited,
£25 setup,
1st year cost £385,
£30 per month*
5 Star Rating
TalkTalk TV Plus With Faster Fibre Broadband - Faster Fibre Broadband + TalkTalk TV (TalkTalk TV Box, 75+ Freeview Channels With Pause, Rewind & Record, 30 Day Catch-Up TV, All The Best On-Demand Players, 30+ Entertainment Channels Incl. Sky 1, Optional TalkTalk Boosts & TalkTalk Box Office)
*For 18 months. Includes TalkTalk monthly phone line rental cost
38Mb Unlimited 18 months Monthly cost £30.00* 1st year cost: £385.00
£25.00 setup
Add & Remove Channels Like Sky Sports On A 30 Day Contract

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Fixed Price Fibre Broadband Guarantee For The Life Of The Contract

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