Which! and Ofcom closing in on price-upping mobile providers
While not exactly taking to the streets (where, lets face it, you can hardly get a decent signal these days), over 42,000 peed-off mobile users have signed the Which! 'fixed means fixed' petition to stop phone companies putting their prices up at random, following Orange and T-Mobile's price hikes that were announced last week.
In case you wondered why you're poor, for the last 2 years Vodaphone, EE and Three have put up their prices mid contract, even though customers signed up for FIXED contracts, which means, you know, they're not supposed to change. It's enough to make you want to bludgeon Kevin Bacon with a blunt grill pan handle.
The companies all mumbled something about inflation being the reason for the 3.3% price rises, but Ofcom has its beady eye on them after launching a consultation earlier in the year.
Ofcom has also proposed that customers should be able to get out of so-called fixed price deals if companies put up the price halfway through, which is fair enough.
With the Which! campaign gathering pace and the Ofcom decision to be announced in June, the mobile companies could soon have their dongles in a hotspot.
After all, it's the principle of the thing. You choose fixed deals because you can't afford to pay more. And it's even more annoying when you consider the patchy coverage you currently get from these companies. I'm with EE and I can barely get enough signal to watch porn while I'm on the school run.
I mean, check the weather.