How to avoid the Sky price hike as bills are set to rise by £43 next month

MILLIONS of customers are facing higher bills when Sky hikes prices next month, but there is a way of avoiding the rise.

Sky revealed last month that broadband, TV and phone bills will increase from April, with the average customer paying an extra £43 a year.

The telecoms giant has started writing to customers to inform them of the changes.

If you haven't received a letter yet, it should be with you by March 24.

The average customer will pay £43 more a year, but the exact amount could be more or less depending on which services you're signed up for.

You can find a full list of the price hikes here.

TV and broadband prices will change from April 1 and mobile and landline charges will go up from May 1.

You'll see the television and broadband subscription changes in your April bill, which you can check online 14 days before it's due.

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The first payment with the price changes will be taken on your usual billing date.

We explain how to avoid the price hikes if you want to save money.

Broadband and phone

Sky is increasing the price of its broadband deals by £2.50, taking its essential offer to £27.50 a month and its superfast package to £30.50

Meanwhile, phone customers are also facing more expensive bills.

Sky Talk was 20p per minute but that's rising to 22p – an increase of 10%.

Broadband and phone customers can both leave Sky without paying a fee, as long as they do it within 30 days of being notified about the price rise.

If you're interested in finding a cheaper offer, you can compare broadband deals using a website like Compare The Market or Moneysupermarket.

It could also be worth calling Sky to say you're considering leaving and haggling to get the price down.

TV

Sky is adding £1 a month onto its signature, cinema and HD TV packages.

You won't be able to quit your Sky TV package mid-contract, even if the company is hiking its prices.

Instead, you'll have to wait until the end of your minimum term.

If you're out of contract, you can look around for better deals.

You could also assess whether you need all the channels you pay for, and save money by cutting back.

Haggling could also be an option to try and reduce the amount you pay.

We spoke to one Virgin Media customer who was able to stop the company hiking her bills from £33 a month to £73.

She even got them to knock off £1 a month to make it cheaper than before.

There's no harm in trying to haggle, and you could save hundreds if you're successful.

It's not just Sky that is hiking bills next month, as Virgin Media has already increased bills for customers.

BT, EE and Vodafone are planning to hit more customers with bill hikes of up to £74 a year come April too.

Here's our top tips to avoid mobile phone bill increases.

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