From May this year, a new EU law brought into play by Ofcom will force UK carriers to offer 12-month contracts. Hurrah!
At present, smartphone owners are often tied into 24-month contracts, which is a heck of a long time in phone-land. That 8MP camera might seem cutting-edge right now, but come 2013 you’ll be a bloomin’ laughing stock.
Often, iPhone owners are left to skip a generation while their contracts run out. But not for much longer.
Of course, since a mobile’s value is spread across the contract, it’s expected that the networks will compensate by upping the monthly cost, and/or the price of the handset.
Tesco mobile currently offers 12-month contracts for the iPhone 4. They typically work out more expensive than the 24-month options, and have less in terms of free minutes, but it means you can upgrade sooner - which is kinda the whole point, right?
We definitely reckon users should have the freedom of choice. Nice one, Ofcom.