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Old 10th November, 2009, 07:03 PM
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A Smartphone Owners Bill of Rights

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009 17:53

In a wireless market featuring high prices, limited competition and sparse regulation, it's time consumers got some protection. [Front page...]
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Yeesh, what an overly complicated way to address just a couple of unsavoury practices by cellphone companies and a certain fruity handset manufacturer.

Four simple rules:
* All handsets must accept a standard SIM
* All handsets must be available from all operators or SIM-free from no operator. No "exclusivity" deals allowed (they really are of dubious legality).
* When you buy a handset as part of an operator contract, the operator should be forced to state how much of your monthly bill goes to repaying the "subsidy". (This would have the secondary effect of exploding the myth that it's a subsidy rather than a loan-to-purchase agreement).
* It should be possible to exit any phone contract at any time on settlement of the balance of the cost of the phone, or return of the phone, plus the remaining month's charges.

I haven't bought a phone on contract for years. Partly because I would then have to do warranty-voiding things to the phone to get the languages I need onto them and partly because it puts me in a relatively strong position with the phone companies.

Take a SIM only contract, when the phone company annoys you, move company. When they too annoy you, move company. Keep taking your number with you (there's no limit to the number of times you can do this). When you speak to their customer service, get more minutes, cheaper international calls, the whole works out of them. Phone companies hate the thought of losing even one customer - it's amazing what they'll give away to stop you defecting to Orange.

Buy your own handset up front from Expansys or similar. Enjoy the fact that you only pay for it once, get it cheaper than the cellphone company offers, and can tell your phone company to shove it at any time.
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Thank you for a well thought out approach K!
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