3 invents law of mathematics to justify end of roaming service
How odd. Earlier today, we reported that Vodafone is attempting to retain customers and bring in extra business by scrapping international roaming tariffs over the Summer. Now we learn that 3 is going to do precisely the opposite, no doubt in a move designed to further heighten hatred of the company by customers past and present.
3 operates a roaming service called 3 Like Home - it's means that 3 customers can use their handsets in specific countries, without incurring additional roaming charges. It also applies to 3's broadband tariffs too - you can use your dongle in one of several countries without it costing £3 per MB of data. That's all changing from June 30th, because 3 are scrapping the service. What's the reason for binning one of the provider's few good points?
That might make a micron of sense if the British Pound had decreased in value "by around 35%" but it hasn't - at least, not in the last 12 months:
If you're very strategic about your maths, and compare the peak in October to trough in December, then the British pound dropped around 0.27 Euro in value, or 21 per cent. It'd be almost true to say the pound fell 0.35 Euro in value (although it wasn't quite that much), but that isn't what 3 are saying - there's a country mile of difference between 0.35 Euro and 35 per cent.
Regardless, the difference in the strength of the pound between a year ago and now is roughly 10 per cent. Please help us out if our A level Maths has let the side down, because otherwise it might appear that 3 is employing some remarkable bullshit-baffles-brains to justify its decision in scrapping a useful service.