Virgin Media to hike prices by £56 a year for millions of broadband, TV and phone customers

MILLIONS of Virgin Media customers are set to pay £56 a year more from March.

Bills for 2022 are set to rise by almost £5 a month from March 1 – or £56.40 for the year.

The hike will affect millions of Virgin Media broadband, TV and fixed-line phone customers.

However, Universal Credit claimants with Virgin Media's Essential broadband package and those on a Talk Protected landline contract won't see their prices change.

For the rest of Virgin Media's cable customers, however, prices are set to go up 16p per day from March 1.

That means a £4.70 monthly increase – or £56.40 for the entire year.

Customers can cancel contracts if they are unhappy about the rise and they won't have to pay a fee.

They will have to tell Virgin Media within 30 days of receiving their email or letter about the hike that they want to leave.

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A Virgin Media spokesperson said: “While we recognise a price change is never welcome, we are reviewing our pricing to fuel further investment in our network and services, both now and in the future.
 
“We’re committed to providing brilliant services and excellent overall value, and consistently give our customers more for their money than anyone else.” 

Last year, Virgin Media increased its prices by £54 for 2021.

Virgin Media has said each customer will receive a personalised communication on how much their bill will increase by.

The company also pointed to higher usage of its services to explain the price hike.

They said customers were using 40% more data per day in 2021 than in 2019.

O2 customers are not affected by the move.

Virgin Mobile customers will now see their prices rise each April by the January rate of RPI inflation plus 3.9%.

Oomph customers paying for the bundled service of mobile and cable services are excluded from the mobile price change.

The bad news follows estimates that household bills are set to top £2,000 this year.

But you can still do your best to beat the squeeze with our top money saving tips.

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