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Posted by masseur
via Wired

New EU regulations that are set to be introduced in May 2011 will mean that mobile users in Britain will have to be given the option of a 12-month contract

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The agreement also puts an upper limit of 24 months on the maximum contract length

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Posted by Bonovox
That's excellent news. If you consider the fact that most contracts come to far more than the price of the handsets. People seem to have little choice & it's wrong

Posted by weirdwilli
Just because they have to, doesn't mean they'll also be forced to put out any decent deals does it?
Nice to have it capped at 24 months though, hopefully consumers will pressure companies into offering 18 month contracts as the sweet spot once again

Posted by Bonovox
Yeah I did once see a 36 month Orange plan. I think yes that the 12 month deals won't be as good & you'll pay more for the handset.

Posted by Del
About time to, It's been a proper rip off having to take out new contracts over 2 or 3 years just to get a new phone.

Posted by Bonovox
My contract with T Mobile ends on 13/11/2012 but I am very happy with them they have been excellent. Although not with the phone so I been buying new ones. Again Tesco is the only network that still do 12 months I think

Posted by hihihans
This doesn't change anything in Holland. We can get 12 month but not with good deals. I wish they did 18 months here

Posted by masseur
I haven't had a contract for a long time but I may well be tempted again if they are this short and relative to 18 and 24 month contracts, especially for my annual iPhone purchase!

Posted by Bonovox
I always thought you were a contract person Mass

Posted by dizzybee
Great news. Will be getting a 12 monther when my 24 monther runs out, in October 2012 :/ However as long as the deals are reasonable. Pretty much all contracts are now 24 month, the 12 month ones will probably be double the price, making it cheaper to simply buy a new phone halfway through. May even just go back to sim only.

How they expect some of the phones on the market to last 24 months. My old K850 barely lasted 6.

Posted by Bonovox
You gotta be careful when singing a contract. Many years ago I signed upto Vodafone with a S700i & I stupidly never read anything properly & just signed not realising they had automatically put me on a 24 month without even asking me what I wanted. Crafty but also silly of me not checking.
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2011-04-22 22:10 ]


Posted by jcwhite_uk

On 2011-04-22 00:16:17, Bonovox wrote:
You gotta be careful when singing a contract. Many years ago I signed upto Vodafone with a S700i & I stupidly never read anything properly & just singed not realising they had automatically put me on a 24 month without even asking me what I wanted. Crafty but also silly of me not checking.



That used to be a favorite practice for Phones4U.

Posted by Bonovox
Yes,I wised up to it after that

Posted by dizzybee

On 2011-04-22 00:16:17, Bonovox wrote:
You gotta be careful when singing a contract. Many years ago I signed upto Vodafone with a S700i & I stupidly never read anything properly & just signed not realising they had automatically put me on a 24 month without even asking me what I wanted. Crafty but also silly of me not checking.
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2011-04-22 22:10 ]



very crafty

Posted by Bonovox
Yes,aswell as customers being wise networks and other phone retailers should also show upfront to customers what's on offer. Not just atuomatically dumping them on 24 months. If you look at it,the price of a mobile device now sim free is actually alot less in cost to a full 35 24 month plan. So the networks are ripping people off. The phone comes free but does a HTC Desire HD for instance cost over 800?? I think not.

Posted by masseur
I'm not understanding this as every phone contract I've signed has always clearly shown the number of months, and monthly cost even if the salesman doesn't neccessarily make it totally clear. If they don't then its not a binding contract for the period the phone company has put you on contract for?

isn't it just a matter of reading what you're signing? and shouldn't that apply to anything that you sign?

sorry, just a bit puzzled with this one

Posted by Bonovox
Yes,but that's what I was saying. Many years ago I never read what I was signing properly & got stuck in 24 months plan. Of course it is upto you to read the small print but some people don't & get stung. That was the mistake I made. But obviously would not again. But I also have seen retailers not showing customers what they offer & then people who don't check or read what they are signing get stuck in two year contracts.

Posted by dizzybee

On 2011-04-24 17:34:00, Bonovox wrote:
Yes,aswell as customers being wise networks and other phone retailers should also show upfront to customers what's on offer. Not just atuomatically dumping them on 24 months. If you look at it,the price of a mobile device now sim free is actually alot less in cost to a full 35 24 month plan. So the networks are ripping people off. The phone comes free but does a HTC Desire HD for instance cost over 800?? I think not.



Worked out the other day it's cheaper to get an iPhone 4 sim free and a 20 a month sim only deal than the iPhone on a 24 month 35 a month contract.

35 x 24 + 119 = 959

20 x 24 + 428 = 908

Scandalous. 51 more to have it on contract? Should be a couple of hundred quid cheaper. Plus with the sim only you can cancel at any time. Unless the networks improve their deals then I'll be going sim only when my contract finishes, in October 2012

Posted by jj03
iphones are massively overpriced on most contracts...yet people stick to em like flys around shit lol. unbelievable.

Posted by masseur
erm. what does this 7 month old topic have to do with iphone contract pricing?

this is a topic about companies having to provide an option of a 12 month contracts under EU regulations...

seems like another random anti-iphone posting to me... we seem to be getting alot of those lately as people don't seem able to help themselves...

Posted by Miss UK
iPhones arent overpriced if you do ur homework
U can obtain one accordingley

UK prices are quite ex-staggering but mugs
Do fall for them

Btw its all about Subsidy these days yawn
Phones are costing more hence the longer plans
Deal with!

Posted by dizzybee
Where from?


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