Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rip off Britain

Orange and Vodafone users hit as mobile call charges soar 66 per cent

Millions of users signed to Orange and Vodafone will be hit with inflation-busting increases in contract and pay-as-you-go tariffs. The squeeze is on, but what would happen if we all turned off our phones for a day?

Posted by will @ 10:12 AM (6830 views)
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12 thoughts on “Rip off Britain

  • cornishtinmine says:

    I don’t see the connection with house prices.

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  • Ctm @ 1.

    Wages falling, prices of goods rising – reduces affordability to pay mortgages.

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  • It’s Ofcom’s fault for reducing the termination fees. Pay-as-you-go customers spend very little, so the networks recoup their cost via termination fees. In the USA they’ve taken this to the extreme – there are no termination fees, so instead people pay to receive calls. It’s bad for low-income phone users, and bad for the network in general.

    Ofcom were warned this would happen, but they went ahead anyway.

    Naff all to do with house prices though. Phone calls aren’t essential – you can save money by making fewer calls or keeping your old phone for longer before upgrading. Rising food and fuel prices affect the amount of money left over for housing; but 5p on a phone call does not.

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  • Agree cornish, too tangential to be worth posting up on the front page. On this basis every single article in the FT, Bloomberg, etc, would all be relevant.

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  • Agree there’s absolutely no connection with HP’s but would like to get something off my chest… How come Vodafone blame the overseas operators for outragously expensive international calls, saying that they pass on what those operators charge Vodafone to receive the call? Who owns the overseas operator? Vodafone!
    Banks are the same. I’m sick of the HSBC ads telling me how great it is to be with a Global bank, when as soon as you want to do something abroad they charge you a small fortune.
    Rant over

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  • cornishtinmine says:

    Tenuous Will!

    My contract with Vodafone came to an end last month – they were not prepared to offer me anything better than they offer new customers or indeed match Orange’s 30 day price plan so I switched… In fact T-Mobile offered the best deal but I don’t like their logo…

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  • It might also make the streets safer by stopping some people’s obsession with continuing texting when crossing the road.

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  • Ctm @ 6,

    Tenuous maybe, but it is the ‘hot topic’ of the day.

    PS. I am on your side.

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  • there will always be a bunch who are negative with regards to most posts

    i agree increasing costs will strain householders and put a downward path on house prices

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  • general congreve says:

    Tesco PAYG Sim Monthly Contract 250 Mins, 5000 Texts, 500GB Data – £10 per month

    Buy a PAYG phone outright and use this sim. Turns out phone isn’t your cup of tea? Flog it on ebay for nearly as much as you bought it for, cos you’re not tied in for 24 months on a contract. Overall running costs, at least 25%-50% cheaper (depending on phone) than a contract.

    Problem is most people can’t spare £200 up front for a PAYG mobile, so effectively the have to become indentured slaves to the phone company if they want up-to-date technology.

    As Will says though, any rise in prices not only squeezes hard working families’ incomes more, so egging on our HPC, but adding to inflation and the pressure on the BoE to raise rates. Sorry, I mean pressure on the BoE not to raise rates because everyone is spending all their money on their phones and none in the shops, so the recovery is weak and needs help 😉

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  • Nice one mark. Do we know what the Las Vegas Sun’s take on this subject is?

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  • If anyone is interested im selling cups with string for £5 !!

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