BUBBLY MOBILE NETWORK O2 announced plans today to increase its tariff pricing by 3.2 percent in the new year - and it won't let you cancel your contract.
O2 said its prices are increasing because of inflation, and points out that it's allowed to do so because of some small print.
On its website O2 says, "We've always done everything possible to give you great value. And keep your bills down. But now, because of inflation, we need to change the price of your tariff.
"From 28 February 2013, your line rental will go up by 3.2 [percent]. That's in line with the current rate of inflation as at December 2012 when we made the announcement."
This means, for example, if you're on a £15.50 a month contract this will increase to £16, while a £31 tariff will increase to £31.99. O2 has put a handy calculator on its website, so you can work out how much extra you will be paying.
However, O2 has been keen to point out that texts and calls still cost the same, and that allowances won't be changing. In addition, mobile broadband deals won't see a price hike.
If you're not pleased with O2's announcement and want to cancel your contact, quite simply, you can't.
The mobile operator explains, "Our terms and conditions allow us to put our prices up once every 12 months due to inflation, there would be a fee if you wanted to end your contract early." µ