Telstra customers hit with higher charges

Telstra customers will see their bills rise by ten per cent, as the firm announced changes to its monthly payment plans.

Call costs will jump from 90c a minute to 99c and connection charges for each call will go up from 35c to 40c, the Australian reports.

A spokesperson for the organisation said that mobile usage had increased by 40 per cent since the middle of 2010, before revealing that new packages that allow customers to make free calls at certain times would be made available.

However, this is the latest blow for Australian households who are already feeling the pinch.

With petrol prices still sky-high and the average energy bill set to rise sharply, many people who are lucky enough to have savings accounts will have little choice but to raid them to cover the higher cost of living.

A recent report by Mercer found that Aussie cities like Sydney and Melbourne are among the least affordable places to live in the world.

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