2004-07-14

but Comms have definitely got cheaper

The call made by the Queen on 1958 Dec 5 from Bristol to Edinburgh to inaugurate Subscriber Trunk Dialling lasted 2 minutes 5 seconds and cost 10d (4p); under the old (pre 1958) charging system the call would have cost 3s 9d (19p - operator connected).
In 2004 a call of this duration to anywhere within the UK will cost you no more than 9 pence.  Indeed HMQ can make the call for just 3 pence at weekends.  But for other purchases, what would have cost you 4p in 1958 will cost you about 60p today.
Despite this, I read somewhere that the average family now spends more on comms than on food.  The comms spend probably includes cable and satellite TV.

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