Sky and Vodafone will increase prices for certain customers in December, but there’s a silver lining for those affected.
Irish households have been paying well above the EU average for broadband for some time, and that looks unlikely to change thanks to a flurry of fresh price hikes in the industry.
Earlier this month, eir announced that it would be increasing prices for certain customers.
Now, Sky and Vodafone have begun writing to customers to inform them of a fresh price increase, due in December.
However, it may not be all bad news for customers.
How will Sky’s price increase affect me?
Sky will increase prices by between €2 and €4 a month for certain broadband customers and certain TV customers on December 1st.
The provider has stated that the increase will only affect customers who are on legacy products and those who have been benefitting from lower prices.
How will Vodafone’s price hike affect me?
Vodafone‘s December price change will see some broadband customers and some voice customers hit with an average monthly increase of €4.
However, Simply Broadband customers will see an increase of €7 a month and Simply Talk customers will be hit with a hike of €10 a month - or €120 a year.
Vodafone has said that the changes will only affect a small proportion of customers and will take bills in line with current pricing.
Price increases are almost always bad news, but in the case of these changes from Sky and Vodafone (and eir, earlier this month), there may be a silver lining.
When a provider increases your prices, you are free to switch without incurring a contract breakage fee, which often makes switching unfeasible.
However, it’s important to note that the “free switching window” usually only lasts for 30 days. So, if you’re thinking of switching providers, it’s important to not wait too long.
Which provider is best for new customers?
To find the right broadband bundle for you, check out our easy-to-use broadband comparison page.
The best broadband deals are always reserved for new customers and there are some very competitive deals available at the moment. To get a snapshot of the offers available, check out our article on how eir, Sky, Vodafone and Virgin Media compare.