As one telecom firm would tell you, it’s good to talk. However, if you’re a TalkTalk customer you might have to start making later calls to take advantage of a cheap off-peak rate. That’s because the firm is changing its off-peak call time from 6pm to 7pm from June 1.
It’s a worrying trend. According to comparison website uSwitch there are eight million people in the UK who make most of their calls between 6pm and 7pm.
A uSwitch survey of 2,400 phone users calculates that charging normal rates at that time adds an average weekly cost of £8.66 a week, or £450 a year.
Those on evening and weekend calling plans will be most affected as their free calls after 6pm will be replaced with recently increased daytime charges running until 7pm.