May 27, 2022
O2 and Virgin Mobile users can pay an extra £ 48 per year from April 1 (Photo: AFP / Getty Images)

Britain is in its worst situation. Living expenses Crisis for decades.

The household budget is being squeezed. Rising inflationWorse still to come as one New energy price cap And increase National Insurance Partnerships Coming from April.

For some O2 and Virgin mobiles, this situation may get worse. CustomersWho can see an annual increase of £ 48 in their mobile bills in just one month.

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So why are prices rising – and if you’re a customer, is there a way to avoid it?

Here’s what you need to know.

Why O2 and Virgin Mobile Bills Will Rise?

O2 and Virgin Mobile merged. The 21 31bn deal in 2021 builds a network that prides itself on more than 46 million broadband, mobile, phone and home users.

Every year, they use Retail Price Index (RPI) For January and add 3.9% to work on increasing the bill for monthly payroll customers in the new fiscal year.

Therefore, with the RPI sitting at 7.8% in January 2022, bill payers can expect an increase of 11.7% from 1 April 2022.

However, how much extra you will have to pay depends on which sister network you are with, the type of contract you have with them and when you have joined.

An O2 spokesman said: “We recognize that price changes are never welcome, and always keep our prices in balance with the need to be competitive and continue to invest in the services that our Consumers use and like it, “said an O2 spokesman.

With unlimited minutes and texts, our most popular tariff for superfast data starts at 33p per day, giving our customers an incredible price as well as additional benefits like preferences.

The amount O2 and Virgin users pay for handsets will remain the same (Photo: Getty Images)

O2 customers experience an 11.7% increase in bills unless they have been with the network for more than 12 months.

If you join or upgrade before March 25, 2021 – O2 says it covers most of its customer base – the increase will be limited to 7.8%.

For O2 Refresh Subscribers – the agreement type O2 says most of its subscribers are on – your bill increase will only apply to the ‘airtime’ portion of your deal, not your handset.

Therefore, you will pay for one of the بل 65.99 monthly bill. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra With unlimited data on a 24 month contract, the £ 35 you pay for airtime will be the share that will be affected by the 11.7% increase.

You will pay an additional 4.01 per month – or £ 48.12 a year.

This increase is on top of the rise in prices. O2 was introduced 6 months ago. Use of more data than is permitted in your agreement.

If you are an O2 customer and you want to terminate your contract soon due to the increase in bill prices, you will have to pay the exit fee as the change in price is already included in the terms and conditions on which you have applied. What will sign up?

O2 and Virgin Mobile merge into 2021 (Photo: AFP / Getty Images)

Virgin Mobile users will pay a full 11.7% regardless of when they join the network.

However, as with O2, the network divides its contracts into separate airtime and handset segments, and this increase will only apply to the airtime element of your bill.

With rising inflation, you’ll have to pay an extra £ 2.51 a month – or £ 30 a year.

It makes sense. Virgin Media O2 has already written to its customers about the changes.

Upon receipt of the letter, you have 30 days to withdraw from your contract without paying a penalty.

So it might be worth checking to see if you’re still within that time frame, if you want to switch.

If you want to check how much more Money You will pay one month as a result of the April 1 increase, log in to your online account and multiply your airtime tariff by 1.117.

Can I cut my phone bill?

If you are coming to the end of your contract and / or you have entered into a loyalty period with a provider, you will usually be in a good position to pay your phone bill.

All networks are open to haggling over the phone, so it’s worth calling someone to see if you can save or get a better deal than you are.

It may well be that you can get back the money you lost as a result of inflation by getting a new deal.

If you see a good deal with another provider but you are still not within 3 months of the expiration of your current deal, chances are you will face an exit fee – so It is worth checking whether a switch will be able to do this or not. You will have to pay a fee factoring.

And, if your contract with your network is ending, it’s worth looking at all the options out there.

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