Ofcom has choked 36-month mobile contracts to death, effectively reducing the maximum contract length offered by UK networks to 24 months. That finally brings us in line with EU telecoms law.
In other awesome news, providers will now be forced to offer 12-month options. No more being tied down for years with an ageing handset. You might think your Samsung Galaxy S II is great now, but in six months your mate will have a 24MP 4.8in beast with octo-core processing (not really).
Of course, we’ll inevitably have to fork out more for handsets on 12-month contracts, or alternatively pay more per month, but it’s nice to have the option, no?
Ofcom will also introduce a 999 SMS service, allowing registered users to contact the emergency services via text instead of calling. Ideal if someone has just karate-chopped you in the windpipe.
Ed Richards, Ofcom’s chief executive, said: "These changes to the regulations should make it easier for consumers to take advantage of the wide range of competition in the UK communications market. The emergency SMS scheme has proved very successful. It is right that this service should be made permanent in order to safeguard it for the people who depend on it."
via: The Guardian