My BT phone bill is not more than the rent but it is ridiculously high considering that I hardly use it except for the Broadband (which is not with BT). It is more than the electricity, gas or water bills - AND BT charge me a "Handling fee" for paying it.
The bill is mostly standing charge. For what? Say half a mile of thin 2-core cable, a master socket that cannot have cost them more than £5, power consumption in milliwatts, some signal electronics at the exchange, an a share in the common backbone of lightweight signal links.
Compare this with electricity which has heavy cables to my house, a meter that looks as if it cost at least £100, power consumption in kilowatts, a share in mighty power stations and a distribution system that is so heavy that it is a landscape feature. Yet a lower bill and lower standing charge!
BT are the only utility that actually makes me angry.