How to avoid the Virgin Media price hike as it adds up to £54 a year to bills

MILLIONS of Virgin Media customers will be hit with up to £54 a year price hike – but is there a way to get out of paying more?

The phone and internet provider is hiking the price of bills by between £2.50 and £4.50 a month starting in either September or October.

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Virgin Media is upping prices later this year[/caption]

In the worst case scenario that works out at an extra £54 a year – a whopping 11 per cent increase.

The phone and broadband provider has started notifying customers about the price rise after first announcing the increase earlier this month.

And if you’re not happy by the changes, you’ll be pleased to know there might be a way to avoid paying extra.

Virgin Media has informed customers that they can either cancel or change their package before September 10 without paying any cancellation fees.

Customers can call 150 from their Virgin Media phone or mobile to discuss changes to their package.

From any other mobile, the number to ring is 0345 454 1111.

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Virgin Media customers can take action if they aren’t happy about the hike[/caption]

Haggling doesn’t cost a penny so it’s also well worth trying to negotiate a better deal.

While it doesn’t guarantee you’ll end up with a better price, try setting the bar with Virgin Media about how much you are willing to spend.

Use comparison websites to check around for better deals and if you find something better, be sure to tell Virgin Media about it.

uSwitch.com or Compare The Market are reputable for checking the best prices in your area.

When The Sun spoke to Ernest Doku, tech expert at uSwitch.com, last month regarding the BT price hike, he said bill increases are often a good time to assess what you’re spending each month.

He said: “If you have had enough of the price hikes, and are out of contract, it could be worth shopping around – especially if you are a casual fan and don’t want to have access to all the games.

“NowTV offer a range of daily, weekly and monthly passes which may better suit the less ardent of fans.”

Customers not affected by the price changes include those who signed up to the provider’s Oomph bundles from April 29.

Talk Protected plans for over 65s and Virgin Mobile customers will also not see bills go up.

A Virgin Media spokeswoman told The Sun: “Changing prices is not a decision we take lightly.

“We invest more than £1billion a year in our network and services to keep giving our customers great value.”

If you want to stick around with Virgin Media you’ll be pleased to hear has vowed to bring ultra-fast “next-gen” broadband to its entire network by the end of 2021.

Virgin Money is also launching 15-year fixed rate mortgage.

BT is also putting up its prices and we revealed how you can change or cancel your service.


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