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    The mobile phone contract rip-off.

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    The mobile phone contract rip-off.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10:29 am

    The great mobile phone rip-off: Millions still being billed for handsets they have already bought.

    Mobile phone users are being routinely overcharged by the UK's biggest providers, telecoms watchdogs and consumer bodies have warned.

    At least six million loyal mobile phone contract holders are being charged for mobile phones they have already paid for.

    Customers are unaware they are being charged for handsets after their contracts have ended, as providers do not tell them they have finished paying off the cost of the phone and only need to continue paying for calls, texts and data.

    Citizens Advice has called on three of the four largest mobile phone providers, Vodafone, EE and Three, to stop the practice.

    The regulator Ofcom backed Citizen's Advice's concerns and hinted it could take action next year.

    Read more on this from The Telegraph HERE




    Personally, I have been aware of this for a long time, and that is one of the main reasons I never buy my phone on a contract.

    Once the phone is paid for in such contracts the cost does not drop as it should, and the people just keep paying the same amount after the contract is finished.

    I guess to some it is just a lazy way to save the bother of getting an upgrade.


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    Re: The mobile phone contract rip-off.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 22 Feb 2018, 11:31 am

    I only wish more people realised that these contracts are very expensive in the long run.

    Because I use PAYG on my business and private mobile phones I have found that a week's or a month's data can be bought for from 1 to 5 a shot.
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    Re: The mobile phone contract rip-off.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 23 Feb 2018, 12:55 pm

    Not surprisingly, I do it that way too.

    The long held idea that the best mobile phones are somewhere near a thousand pounds to buy is of course nonsense, and this argument is being made to force us into getting the actual phone cheaply while paying around 40 per month to do it.

    That 40 per month keeps getting charged long after the phone-cost has been paid off.

    I have no clue why people who choose to go into contacts cannot see this.


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    Re: The mobile phone contract rip-off.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 11:39 am

    They do it because the monthly or weekly layout is much cheaper via this method, until the phone is paid for.

    Very few don't know that doing it this way is going to cost more in the long run.
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    Re: The mobile phone contract rip-off.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 11:36 am

    Yes, that is another "jam today" and "margarine tomorrow" argument.

    I think that most of the people who take out contracts do it because of the included data calls and texts included.

    It's all about convenience I suppose.


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    Re: The mobile phone contract rip-off.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Tue 27 Feb 2018, 11:09 am

    I've never had a contract phone, and don't intend to. I spotted that scam many years ago when I bought my children their first mobiles. They got a set amount each month and that was that.
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    Re: The mobile phone contract rip-off.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 27 Feb 2018, 12:13 pm

    Sadly, it is amazing what people will pay for convenience, and that is what a contract delivers.

    As I am like you I would never have a phone contract.


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