Many cell phone rates to become more expensive as of April 1

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The online comparison portal durchblicker.at recommends cell phone contract customers consider changing their provider soon; for many existing contracts, rates will increase by 8.5 to 11.5 percent as of April 1. For new customers, on the other hand, no increases are expected in most cases.

The higher rates are due to inflation adjustments, which usually occur for mobile providers at the beginning of April. These were confirmed at Drei, A1 and Magenta, as the magazine “Konsument” of the Association for Consumer Information (VKI) recently wrote on its website. With a contract change, many consumers could cushion the increases, however, said employees of the comparison portal durchblicker. The reason is cheaper entry-level tariffs, which are not yet affected by the rise in April when they are concluded in March.

“Already who pays more than ten euros in the future should check the alternative offers on the market. Who concludes a new contract now has the offer price, therefore safe for the next twelve months,” said Jonas Maurer, head of telecommunications at durchblicker. For humans, who use their cell phones little, entry tariffs start from seven euros, and for average users starting from nine euros. For those who use their cell phones particularly often, offers currently start at around 19 euros.

The price differences between the individual providers are enormous. The range is up to 125 percent. However, it is not only the monthly costs that need to be considered with new contracts but also other costs such as registration fees and the service charge. Incidentally, if a customer takes their telephone number to the new provider, the old contract ends automatically at the next possible termination date (usually one month). It is then no longer necessary to cancel the old contract.

Smaller providers such as Spusu and Hofer Telekom will have no rate increases. The reason for this is that no inflation adjustment clauses are included.

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