TalkTalk Hikes Line Rental Charges

TalkTalk has attracted criticism from experts and customers alike following a hike of 55 pence for its monthly fixed line rental charges.

The phone and broadband service provider has revealed its new monthly rental plans, raising the fee from £11.49 to £12.04 per month, the Guardian has reported.

TalkTalk has increased its monthly tariffs of landline phones by 5 per cent, up from £11.49 to £12.04 per month.

Day time calling has increased from 5.8p to 6.4p per minute, along with switching service charges, up from £29.99 to £49.99.

The charges are set to start from 1 October.

TalkTalk is the second major telecom provider in UK, having followed BT, to have raised rental charges in last two months.

"Our standard international rates will be increasing - you can view the new rates here (PDF). Please note that if you have calls to selected international countries included in your package, they will not be affected," said the company in an official statement.

According to Debbie Roff, spokeswoman for TalkTalk, the price rises are in line with both BT and the market. She added that the company still offers "the best value home phone and broadband services in the UK".

TalkTalk is currently used by more than 5.1 million people in the UK.