Line Rental. In most cases we have to pay it to get our broadband whether we like it or not. While there are notable exceptions, covered in our line rental feature here, most of us have to pony up for it.
If you’re keen on watching your wallet and keeping an eye on the rising costs you’ll want to know how much line rental is going up by in the new year.
Hey, at least that nice George Osborne chap scrapped petrol duty.
Read on for the current line rental rates for 2013.
AOL’s line rental will be charged at £14.35/month from the start of 2013.
You’ll take out line rental with all AOL Broadband products with the exception of the Broadband Only deal which is free for the first month, £5.31/month for the first two months after that and then £15.31/month thereafter.
Be Broadband’s line rental currently costs £10.00/month for the ‘basic landline’ service. This doesn’t come with any added extras like Evening & Weekend or Anytime calls, though paying £11.00/month and £14.00/month respectively will get you these services bundled in.
Currently the standard rate of BT line rental costs £14.60/month and will be going up to £15.45/month from the 5th of January onwards.
As of June 1, 2013 BT Line Rental Saver costs £141.
This sees you paying for a year’s worth of rental up front which works out at paying the equivalent of £11.75/month.
While this offers a great saving compared to the regular rate of line rental is requires that you have £141 set aside in time for the new year.
Direct Save Telecom
Direct Save Telecom’s standard rate of line rental is £13.75/month, a hair cheaper than most line rental rates.
Eclipse’s standard line rental costs £13.75/month but comes with free Evening & Weekend calls to UK landlines plus 0845 and 0870 numbers.
You can take this alongside Eclipse’s broadband packages or you can choose to go for a bundle if you’d rather get your line rental and broadband from the same provider.
EE’s line rental rate for 2013 is £14.00/month. This same rate of line rental applies whether or not you’re an EE, Orange or T-Mobile subscriber.
Like Eclipse, O2 don’t sell line rental in the traditional sense, rather they bundle the cost of it with their calls packages. The Evening & Weekend deal, the cheapest package, costs £13.00/month and ‘includes’ line rental.
This is offered as standard and gives you evening and weekend calls to UK landlines plus 600 minutes to 0845 and 0870 numbers. There’s no option to get line rental on it’s own without any minutes bundled in and no ‘line rental saver’ option either.
For £16.50/month you can get unlimited anytime calls to UK landlines, 600 minutes to 0845/0870 numbers plus 600 minutes worth of calls to a number of international destinations.
Plusnet’s standard cost of line rental for its broadband packages is £13.99/month.
For those who want to save a bit of money, there’s the option to shell out £125.88 which will cover you for 12 months’ line rental. Comparatively, this works out as the equivalent of paying £10.49/month, or a saving £3.50/month.
The Post Office standard rate of line rental is £13.25/month. There is currently no line rental saver option available and the price doesn’t vary between services.
Primus Saver’s line rental works out at either £12.79/month or £13.99/month whether or not you’re taking the Primus Saver or Primus Max packages.
Sky’s line rental costs £14.50/month if paid for on a monthly basis, or £119.40 all up front, which covers you for a year.
This works out at paying £9.95/month each month, a saving of £4.55/month.
TalkTalk’s basic rate of line rental is £14.50/month. You’ve got the option to pay for a year’s line rental up front for £114 which works out at £9.50/month, saving you the equivalent of a fiver a month.
Virgin Media’s standard line rental rate for 2013 will be £14.99/month. However those that want to can opt to pay £120 up front which breaks down nicely as £10/month.
XLN Telecom’s line rental rate for all of its broadband services is £11.99/month.