Millions of Virgin Media customers hit by another price hike as bills set to rise

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Virgin Media broadband customers were hit by an unwelcome price hike back in March that saw some bills rise by as much as £4.50 per month. The majority of users were hit by a hike of around £3.63 a month which has added around £43.56 to the yearly bill. Now it seems the telecoms and broadband firm is back with another hike for millions of its users.

From July 1, anyone with a SIM only or pay monthly smartphone plan will see things increase by 1.5 percent. That’s clearly not as bad as the March broadband rise but it’s still less money in your pocket each month.

This rise is in line with March’s Retail Prices Index and matches what many other UK networks such as EE, Vodafone and O2 introduced earlier this year.

Virgin hasn’t revealed how much extra the average customer will pay but if your mobile bill is currently £20 per month expect it to rise to £20.30 from July.

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Virgin began informing users earlier this week about the hike with a message saying, “Hi, changes are to your mobile plan. From 1st July 2021 your monthly airtime price will go up by 1.5% in line with Retail Price Index inflation. For example, a £10 plan will go up by 15p a month.”

In a statement, a Virgin Media spokesperson said: “We want to offer our customers the best, most innovative mobile services possible, and to continue delivering the flexibility, speeds and products our customers expect from us, we occasionally need to review our pricing.”

According to the team at moneysavingexpert, if you are still in a contract with Virgin you won’t be able to leave as these hikes are all part of Virgin’s small print in its contracts.

However, if your current deal has ended then now could be a good time to shop around before the price rise hits on July 1.

It’s also worth giving Virgin Media a call as there are often new deals available that could actually reduce your monthly bills.

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