Mobile charges – are they a rip-off? Calling Sir Adrian Dangerous!

dangerousWell with the news that Vodafone are putting up their prices – either because the EU forced them to reduce roaming charges in some countries or there was so much hoo-hah about their ability to pay no corporation tax – I am reconsidering my family’s contracts with them.  Both my kids are on Vodafone – one a sim only deal and the other a normal iPhone 5S 2 year contract. I’m paying over £50 and getting 750Mb total data between the 2 of them.

I don’t appreciate the thought of paying an additional 10% on top of this plus whatever extras for occasions when my son goes over his tiny 250Mb limit so I’ve been looking around….

EE claim to be “THE BIGGEST, FASTEST AND MOST RELIABLE NETWORK”

They offer – “GET 10GB OF 4GEE DATA FREE ON PAY AS YOU GO – That’s right, just top up £15 on this EE SIM to get an amazing 10GB of free data plus 200 minutes and 3000 texts.”  Unfortunately if you’re going abroad –

“When you go abroad you’ll need to get a data roaming add-on so you can keep using the internet. (We recommend you also try to use public WiFi while you’re abroad to keep your costs down.)

If you’re going to Europe and want great value on calls, you can buy our Euro Roaming add-on, which gives you 100 minutes of calls (that’s making and receiving) whilst in Europe, for just £10. It lasts for up to 30 days, and you can buy it by texting EURO ROAM to 150, or through the My EE app.”

Hmmm… not so good – and worse, although their coverage map shows that I should have 3G coverage at home a PAYG EE sim I have gives no coverage at all and when I asked in an EE store they don’t have Femtocell technology which would have helped me.

O2 – sorry but I got bored looking at their site

There are so many “bolt-ons” I almost lost the will to live.  Clearly the idea is to make it so bloody complex (remind you of the power companies?) that you end up paying for more than you need, or paying more than you should for what you actually use.

Virgin – “The UK’s best unlimited sim”

Sounds great but it’s only for their broadband or TV customers – thanks guys!!

l_d5gZno_400x400I decided at this point that I needed to think outside of the box.  I’d read articles on the web about this chap called John Legere – described as “The most dangerous man in wireless” and his “Un-carrier” approach to shaking up the industry up in the US.  Sounds like my kind of guy.  Further research has shown me that this company offers the kind of deals that I’d be interested in.

In fact I’d like this one please – 3 lines for the price of 2 seems pretty damn good to me.  1Gb data for each line  plus no international roaming charges in 120 countries worldwide?  Yes please!

T-Mobile USA’s 3 Lines Plan

90 per month (£54)

Plus taxes, fees and monthly device payment

Line 1 / $50 per month

  • Unlimited talk, text & data while on our network
  • Up to 1 GB of 4G LTE data (Speeds reduced after 1 GB)
  • Unlimited data & text in 120+ countries & destinations

Line 2 / $30 per month

  • Unlimited talk, text & data while on our network
  • Up to 1 GB of 4G LTE data (Speeds reduced after 1 GB)
  • Unlimited data & text in 120+ countries & destinations

Line 3 / $10 per month

  • Unlimited talk, text & data while on our network
  • Up to 1 GB of 4G LTE data (Speeds reduced after 1 GB)
  • Unlimited data & text in 120+ countries & destinations

Now clearly there are limits on the international roaming part of it as this is designed for a US customer base – BUT if T-Mobile USA can do this why hasn’t someone over here picked up on the idea?  No doubt down the mobile network oligarchy that exists here – did someone say cartel?

It’s time for someone to disrupt the traditional carrier model – look what he’s done for them..”Since Legere took over in late 2012, his plan has been to pick apart those annoyances one at a time in what the company calls its “uncarrier” moves. Contracts? Gone. Want a new phone? Upgrade whenever you want, as long as you’ve paid off your first device. Tired of getting a massive bill every time you travel overseas? Free 2G data and texting should help.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/john-legere-2014-6#ixzz33ZKvFJoO

It’s time for the Dangerous Brothers to rise up and overthrow the establishment – again!

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