UK mobile network Three has begun to let customers know that the cost of its monthly contacts are going up. From 16th July, monthly charges for phone and mobile broadband contracts will increase by 3.6 per cent.
The increase is in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) rate that was published on 17th April 2012.
Not all contracts, however, will be affected. Contracts will be excluded from the price increase for the following: "If you joined Three on or after 8 March 2012, or you're on a 1-month SIM Only, Business or Pay As You Go plan, this price increase won't affect you."
Affected users will receive the news via a text, email or letter between 21st May and 1st June this year. The increase will come into effect on, or after, 16th July 2012.
The mobile carrier acknowledged that, especially in these economic hardships, "A price increase is never welcome."
However, Three reminded customers that "this is the first time that we've ever raised the price of our Pay Monthly phone contracts and we're confident that your plan still represents excellent value for money."