The only answer is to go sim free
EE have announced a change to their terms and conditions and also announced a price rise.
I've already won a case against EE / Orange and had a nice cheque returned back to me, now I'm after them for another one. My claim is currently with CISAS and I have submitted my notes on their defence, for those interested I'd be more than happy to show it.
One thing though that got me thinking is the below:
The Ofcom publication “ Price rises in fixed term contracts - Decision to issue Guidance on General Condition 9.6”, Published in October 2013. Ofcom defined “Likely to be of Material Detriment as follows:
In particular, we consider guidance is needed as to price rises which we are likely to regard as materially detrimental (or likely to be materially detrimental) and invoking the requirements of GC9.6. Such price rises are likely to include any increase to core subscription prices.Ofcom have announced that this will only apply to contracts entered into on or after 23rd January,all Ofcom have actually done is clarify a definition. They have not changed the words of GC 9.6. As they have only clarified a definition then the definition must apply to all contracts as it cannot be a legally correct position that two contracts subject to the same regulation with exactly the same wording (GC 9.6) can have two different meanings?
Ofcom are meant to be a force to protect the consumer but it looks like a load of consumers are doing the job for them, the mobile networks in the UK are a little big for their boots.
Publicly, +Three UK
have said that they want to see more power for the regulators but as is the case the world over, big business gets the upper hand.
The only answer is to go sim free, that way you have more buying power. With all the European regulations being thrust on the mobile networks, in particular the roaming charges, the networks will simply raise their prices and we'll see PAYG get hit first, next handset subsidy will vanish and we could even see a US style charge for incoming calls.
The whole +EE
should have never been allowed to happen and Ofcom need to grow a pair, and quickly. EE try and tell you that the contract and indeed material detriment is a complex matter of law, consumer contracts are not meant to be complex. They also reckon that they are allowed to decide what is and isn't of material detriment to you, but you're not. The definition of ‘material’, in its ordinary meaning, is, actual and substantial, or conversely not immaterial.
NOw we have to go and visit the place where it is all happening, moneysavingexpert.com
. People are winning against EE / Orange and T-Mobile and whilst I may not be fun at parties, I'm sure you'd rather exercise your right than having some bod telling you otherwise.
There are 1242 posts to go through, if you're interested you can start from the start:http://goo.gl/hO1LOd
You can though get halfway through where some of the legal help comes in and catch up to where the price rise comes to the table. http://goo.gl/IYo7lV
All that is needed is about half of your time, copy and paste a letter or two and see what happens. You may get money back, you may beat the network at their own game. At least they'll get the message that they can't just walk over you. #android #ofcom