More than 527 million euros in fiber and mobile packages alone. This is the cost to consumers of the increase in tariffs of Movistar and Vodafone. Movistar y Vodafonewhich will affect the bills of more than 8.9 million households, according to calculations made by the comparator Kelisto, that will see their bills increase by an average of 4.98 euros per month (59.7 euros per year)..
The figure, which takes into account the increase in fiber and mobile offers, the most contracted type of package in Spain, of both companies, would be even higher if we take into account that these operators have a flexible catalog that allows for add-ons, many of which have also been harmed by the increase in price. Therefore, the more the user has contracted, the more his bills will be fattened.they explain.
Movistar and Vodafone’s price increases affect most of their tariff catalog and, therefore, almost their entire customer base. However, only the update of amounts in the fiber and mobile plans will affect more than 8.9 million households.which will see their bills increase by an average of 4.98 euros per month (59.7 euros per year).
Specifically, the rise has been similar in both companies: from a 6,33% on average in the case of Movistar and of a 7,99% in Vodafone’s.
For its part, Orange y Yoigo have not raised prices, but they have implemented another strategy that also involves indirectly increasing costsSince November, they have been reducing their discounts on their fiber and mobile offers until they were completely eliminated at the end of the year. In this way, and taking into account the direct price increases of Movistar and Vodafone, the four operators’ offers have become more expensive on average by 17,46% (130.9 euros more per year). Among them, the most expensive company is Movistar (+23.98%) and the one with the lowest price increase is Yoigo (+11.11%).
A similar movement has been carried out by the ‘low cost’ companies. Although until now they have kept their fees very low, thus forcing the big companies to apply discounts to compete, in recent months, five of them have eliminated some of their cheapest tariffs, such as O2, Lowi, Vodafone Yu and Jazztel and Simyo.while Finetwork has raised the price of its cheapest fiber and mobile plans. The result is that access prices to these low-cost companies have increased by 22.1% on average, an increase that reaches 45% in cases such as Jazztel.
“Regardless of what the overall data show, the truth is that the large operators have indeed made punctual price increases in recent months. However, the big difference with the ones that are taking place now is that previous increases were always accompanied by improvements in conditions.that is, the operators applied what is known as a ‘more for more’ policy. But the increases, direct or indirect, that began to occur at the end of 2022 and that continue with the beginning of 2023 break with that dynamic since will not imply any extra advantage for the consumer“Sara Perales, spokesperson for Kelisto Communications, points out.