UK mobile users waste £5billion per year
We're a wasteful bunch, us mobile phone users. According to findings from comparison site Bill Monitor (or William Monitor to his mum), UK mobile phone users are throwing away £5 billion a year by being on the wrong tariff.
Billy M reckons that there's over seven million mobile phone deals on the market and each person who is on the wrong one is losing an average of £194 year. In addition to this, 21 per cent of mobile owners are regularly exceeding their monthly limits, which results in penalty charges of between £5 and £40. If you think about the three quarters using smartphones to browse the internet, extra charges for data allowance start adding to an already toweringly high number of people throwing their money away thanks to their phone.
The report says that mobile users are doling out £173 million in additional data allowance charges every year, and for the most part, this is because consumers have no idea how much data they're allowed to use each month. If you're constantly checking your Facebook account or Twitter, chances are you've no notion of how much date they're using, especially as they're using up data when running in the background.
The Carphone Warehouse commissioned the research to try and convince people that they're trying to help and not in fact creaming us all on these wasted pennies and pounds. What they're saying is that they plan to help customers cut wastage by matching them up to better contracts.
Andrew Harrison, CEO of Carphone Warehouse Europe and the Geek Squad, said: “We’ll compare every network and phone combination and give independent advice on which deal is best. The cost of data charges is a growing issue and this is only going to increase as more people convert to smartphones."