Idiots beware! You might run up a massive bill on your smartphone when abroad!
Meddling consumers' association Which! have been throwing their collective arms up in despair and warning that, if you're staggeringly dim, you could easily run up an enormous bill on your smartphone is you keep using it when you're abroad.
This all comes about because, by July 1st, new rules will be enforced in the EU which will cap bills for downloading data.
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Until then, no person travelling in Europe is safe. Innocent iPhone users and people holding a Nexus One or Nokia could be idly tip-tapping away, completely oblivious to the peril that awaits their return... an unlimited bill!
So, let's say you're away on your jollies or working abroad and you're absolutely determined to make everyone you know on Facebook want to unfriend you because of your relentless updates about beautiful sunsets, sunburn, friendly waiters and hideous pictures of your toothless children in shit hats enjoying an ice-cream on the beach, you may well assume that the bill won't need checking because at home, you have unlimited downloads.
Right? Of course, that's presuming you're stupid enough to repeatedly ignore the constant roaming messages and the like sent to you by your phone operator and all that. Presuming that you're such a dribbling simpleton that, like one fella, got charged £41,000 after downloading a television programme onto his phone.
According to research by Which!, people using smartphones abroad can pay up to £8 for every megabyte downloaded. That's the equivalent of one email with a photo attachment. They also reckon that a ten minute video clip and five music tracks could cost as much as £200.
Anyway, this could all stop as the new Dimwit Law is coming in which will see you protected by new rules to limit bills for data downloading. Basically, from the 1st July (this year) there will be a default limit of 50 euros (£45) a month.
Until then, it's up to you to use your brain if you've got one.