BT 'to start charging' for 1571 messaging service

Telecommunications company BT will begin charging its 10 million UK customers for the 1571 messaging service, a national newspaper is reporting.

BT may start charging customers for their voicemail service. Credit: PA

The global telephone and internet giant will begin charging customers an extra £1.75 per month to leave voicemail messages, according to the Daily Mail.

Users must contact BT if they want to opt out of the scheme, which also notifies callers if someone is trying to reach them while they are already on the phone.

The newspaper said the move is part of a wider package of new charges introduced, including putting standard line rental up by 44p to £15.99 per month.

The charity Saga branded the reported change "immoral" saying that price rises would hit the elderly and most vulnerable.