BT payphone price riseMinimum call cost to rise to 40p in November

26 September 2006

 

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BT has announced that the minimum cost of making a call from a payphone will rise to 40p from November.

Currently, you pay 30p for a 15-minute call to anywhere in the UK. This will change to 40p but you'll get up to 20 minutes.

Increased mobile phone use has seen the money raised from payphones fall by almost half since 2000. Currently, only 23,000 of BT's 63,500 payphones make money.

BT says the price hike will be used to help maintain the service.

Making a loss

A BT spokesman said: ‘We have a social obligation to provide telephones even though they are loss-making. We have pledged to provide payphones, particularly in remote and rural communities where many people rely on them.’

BT is also asking industry regulator Ofcom for permission to increase the price of calls to numbers beginning with 0844, 070, 076, 090 and 091 to 14p a minute. Call charges currently range from 2p to 14p a minute.