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Simple money saving tip to cut internet costs from Virgin Media, Sky and BT

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Millions of internet customers face being hit by price hikes from today (Picture: Getty Images)

As household bills continue to climb, it’s tempting to stick your head in the sand.

But there’s a simple money-saving tip all households can do to make sure you’re getting enough bang for your buck.

From today, millions of UK customers face being hit by more price hikes by internet firms including BT, EE, Virgin Media and Sky, with some bills increasing by over 8% from the start of April. Sadly, that’s not an April Fool’s joke.

How to save money on internet packages

Fear not: there are ways to save on your internet package. First of all, have a shop around to see if you could save by switching providers.

‘From 1 April, millions of people will face price hikes, including on broadband,’ Natalie Hitchins, Which? head of home products and services explained.

‘Our research shows that switching providers if you’re out of contract can slash broadband, pay TV and mobile bills by up to £187.’

Likewise, do some quick research and check if any Altnets have arrived in your area – fast broadbands that typically offer cheaper prices.

Next, get in contact with your internet provider. If you politely inform them you’re thinking of leaving, they could offer you a deal to stay.

Finally, double-check your broadband speed against how much you’re likely to use each month. Super-fast WiFi can be expensive, but you might not need it.

If you’re only using your internet to browse, 5-10 Mbps is enough. For video calls and HD streaming, you’ll need closer to 10-20 Mbps.

Which internet providers are increasing prices?

BT – Broadband, landline, mobile and TV users: 7.9%

EE – Broadband, landline and mobile users: 7.9%

Plusnet – Broadband and landline users: 7.9%

Shell – Broadband and landline users who signed up before January 22, 2024: 6%

Sky – Broadband and TV users, including Sky Stream and Sky Glass users: 6.7%

TalkTalk – Broadband and landline users: 7.7%

Three – Broadband and mobile users who took out a deal or upgraded on or from 1 November 2022: 7.9%

Virgin Media – Most broadband, landline and TV users: 8.8%

Vodafone – Pay-monthly broadband, mobile, tablet or smartwatch users: 7.9%.

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