Vodafone increases bills for the second time this year

Vodafone is pushing their bills up for hundreds of thousands of customers for the second time this year.

This increase could add as much as £42 a year to bills for hundreds of thousands of customers and it comes as their second increase in just three months.

The increases will take effect from June as customers who are out of the minimum term of their contract will see their bills go up by between 50p and £3.50 a month.

Customers were warned about the unexpected price “adjustment” via text.

This latest price hike is in addition to the 3.2% inflation rise which was announced in March and took effect this month.

The rise also comes just two weeks after the firm announced that new or upgrading customers will now be able to call, text and use data for no extra charge in 40 different countries.

A Vodafone spokesperson said: “We can confirm that some pay monthly customers, who are out of contract, will see an increase of between 50p and £3.50 per month depending on their price plan.

“They can move at any time to one of our new plans which give them unlimited texts, more or unlimited calls, far more data as well as our new roaming offers.

“All they need to do is call us on 191 or visit our website.”

Vodafone’s first rise was bigger than increases that were also announced by rival networks EE and O2 earlier this year.

EE pushed up some of their customers’ bills by 2.5% from 30th March in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) announced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in January.

While O2 increased their monthly bills for its pay-monthly and sim-only customers by 2.6% in April, in line with the latest RPI figure announced last month.

As Vodafone’s rise affects customers who are “out of contract”, it is possible to leave without paying a penalty. To cancel your contract all you need to do is give Vodafone 30 days notice.

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