Ofcom: 12-month contracts for all

Ofcom: 12-month contracts for allFrom 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.

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MR1123  Feb. 1, 2011 at 22:28

Finally something useful from mobot.net :D but would also like to know the source, thanks

dcx_badass  Feb. 2, 2011 at 01:52

You just lost all credibility from me as a tech blog. 8mp is more than adequate for 90% of users, in fact as the MP count increases the image quality often decreases, if you don't know simple things like this how can you expect us to read/value your opinion?

martyn_3000  Feb. 2, 2011 at 15:45

I think your taking it out of context. Talk of an 8MP camera was just used as a reference as to how mobile phones become obsolete in 2 years. It was by no means meant to be a technical referral.

MattWPBS  Feb. 2, 2011 at 19:28

Yup. Love a source too.

alanmcmanus  Feb. 3, 2011 at 13:02

Its not Ofcom doing the amazing, they usually side with the providers since they are in bed with them. This is an EU directive that Ofcom are enforcing, can bet you they didnt want to do it so dont give props to ofcom.

Yamesh  Feb. 4, 2011 at 11:27

All this is wonderful - but if operators are forced to offer 12 month contracts, you can bet they will price them enough to put you off...


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