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Virgin Media to increase cost of services

Virgin Media is set to increase the price of some of its services towards the beginning of next year.

The telecommunications company will make modifications to the cost of standard line rental, as well as its TV, phone and broadband bundles. The changes will go live on 1 February.

The standard rate of line rental, which currently stands at £13.90 per month, will rise by £1.09 to £14.99.

Bundles will also be subject to change. The most basic package, known as the Classic Collection, consisting of 30Mbps broadband, 55 TV channels and unlimited weekend calls, will jump from £31.90 to £32.99 per month.

Similarly, the Essential Collection will increase to £40.99, the Premiere Collection will rise to £62.99 and the VIP Collection to £113.99.

According to Recombu, Virgin Media has explained, "if a customer is on a promotional offer, such as six months half price, we will honour it," meaning that the price increases will only come into play after the expiration of the promotional period.

Virgin Media will inform all customers about the price changes in due course, via post.

The company last month reported healthy growth in its customer base and announced the imminent arrival of SmartCall, its new converged calling service.