Why we're wasting £194 a year each on phone bills

Why we're wasting £194 a year each on phone bills

These stories tend to turn up at least once a year courtesy of either Carphone Warehouse or Which - this time, it's the former furnishing us. How nice of them.

Anyway, new research commissioned by CPW reckons about £5bn is wasted every year by people not being on the best phone plan for them. So, basically, we should all get ourselves down to the Carphone Warehouse to sort ourselves out with a new plan!

The data tells us that 47% of people don't know how many minutes, text and data they get as part of their plan. Which then means they end up getting stung when they go over. Or waste a load of cash paying for things they'll never use.

The upshot is that the average person wastes £194 a year this way.

Apparently there are a staggering seven million phone deals in the UK (sounds a bit far fetched to us, but hey - they've done the research).

"When the UK is facing one of the hardest financial times in living memory, it seems crazy that £5 billion is being wasted on phone bills," said Andrew Harrison, CEO of Carphone Warehouse Europe and Geek Squad.

Having teed himself up nicely, he then goes on to describe in detail how Carphone is the answer to all our problems, offering the most versatile deals at the best prices.

He added: "we’ll compare every network and phone combination and give independent advice on which deal is best. The cost of data charges is a growing issue and this is only going to increase as more people convert to smartphones. Now, with more unlimited data tariffs than anyone else, we’re in the best position to offer independent advice to ensure people don’t waste money going over their limits.’

Thank goodness for them.

Via Bitter Wallet

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Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 20:20

Hmm I don't even spend £194 on my phone bill each year.

Treab  Apr. 11, 2012 at 20:37

Hmm I don't even spend £194 on my phone bill each year.

Cheapskate,

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:01

Hmm I don't even spend £194 on my phone bill each year.
Nor do I. The 12 month contract I'm on costs a total of £120.

Treab  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:02

Hmm I don't even spend £194 on my phone bill each year.
Nor do I. The 12 month contract I'm on costs a total of £120.


Total rip off :p

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:13

Hmm I don't even spend £194 on my phone bill each year.
Nor do I. The 12 month contract I'm on costs a total of £120.


Total rip off :p

Totally :p.

Treab  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:30

Hmm I don't even spend £194 on my phone bill each year.
Nor do I. The 12 month contract I'm on costs a total of £120.


Total rip off :p

Totally :p.


I mean i pay 20 a month and i have a sgs2 with mine :p

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:32

But you get less and you're tied in for two years, not one...I'll be able to knock my current deal down even further in 11 months time.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:33

I swear we've had this discussion before anyway :p?

Treab  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:35

I swear we've had this discussion before anyway :p?

oh we have :p so technically your trolling ;)

xxchunkymonkeyxx  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:36

If people are too stupid to shop around, that's fine by me, as it means they can subsidise my phone bills. Not everyone can be on the cheapest tariff..... I got my dad a 2 year contract including a free Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone 50 mins a month, 250MB data and 150 texts which costs him 41p a month which is a perfect fit for his needs .... There are deals to be found if you are savvy and shop around.

Treab  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:36

But you get less and you're tied in for two years, not one...I'll be able to knock my current deal down even further in 11 months time.

ahh yes but i got a deal which is appropriate for me. not too much not too small an allowance... perfect deal :D

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:44

But you get less and you're tied in for two years, not one...I'll be able to knock my current deal down even further in 11 months time.

ahh yes but i got a deal which is appropriate for me. not too much not too small an allowance... perfect deal :D

And I obviously bought a pointless deal which doesn't fit my phone usage at all ;).

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:54

If people are too stupid to shop around, that's fine by me, as it means they can subsidise my phone bills. Not everyone can be on the cheapest tariff..... I got my dad a 2 year contract including a free Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone 50 mins a month, 250MB data and 150 texts which costs him 41p a month which is a perfect fit for his needs .... There are deals to be found if you are savvy and shop around.

Damn hot deal, guessing redemption though.

Treab  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:57

But you get less and you're tied in for two years, not one...I'll be able to knock my current deal down even further in 11 months time.

ahh yes but i got a deal which is appropriate for me. not too much not too small an allowance... perfect deal :D

And I obviously bought a pointless deal which doesn't fit my phone usage at all ;).


actually you just paid over the odds.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:58

If people are too stupid to shop around, that's fine by me, as it means they can subsidise my phone bills. Not everyone can be on the cheapest tariff..... I got my dad a 2 year contract including a free Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone 50 mins a month, 250MB data and 150 texts which costs him 41p a month which is a perfect fit for his needs .... There are deals to be found if you are savvy and shop around.

Damn hot deal, guessing redemption though.

Or cash-back.

Treab  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:59

If people are too stupid to shop around, that's fine by me, as it means they can subsidise my phone bills. Not everyone can be on the cheapest tariff..... I got my dad a 2 year contract including a free Samsung Galaxy Y smartphone 50 mins a month, 250MB data and 150 texts which costs him 41p a month which is a perfect fit for his needs .... There are deals to be found if you are savvy and shop around.

Damn hot deal, guessing redemption though.

Or cash-back.


at 41p its both.

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 22:01

Or cash-back.

Cashback is fine, as no hassle

xxchunkymonkeyxx  Apr. 11, 2012 at 22:04

Or cash-back.

Cashback is fine, as no hassle


Yes, was both, but my Dad is super organised, so redemption OK for him....

Treab  Apr. 11, 2012 at 22:05

Or cash-back.

Cashback is fine, as no hassle


Yes, was both, but my Dad is super organised, so redemption OK for him....


redemptions are great as long as you remain organised or the company doesn't go under lol.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 22:08

Or cash-back.

Cashback is fine, as no hassle


Yes, was both, but my Dad is super organised, so redemption OK for him....


redemptions are great as long as you remain organised or the company doesn't go under lol.

I don't trust casback or redemption deals. I'd only ever see them as a bonus, not an actual way to make a contract cheaper.

xxchunkymonkeyxx  Apr. 11, 2012 at 22:20

Or cash-back.

Cashback is fine, as no hassle


Yes, was both, but my Dad is super organised, so redemption OK for him....


redemptions are great as long as you remain organised or the company doesn't go under lol.

I don't trust casback or redemption deals. I'd only ever see them as a bonus, not an actual way to make a contract cheaper.


You're missing out on some of the best deals in the market then. Be wise, pick the companies that have a sound business model (eg mobilesdot co dot uk been around for 16 years and owned by CPW or e2save), but you do have to be organised, which they rely on people not being (and those peeps end up subsidising those that are).

Deal is still available but costs £2.50 a month now as they have reduced the no of free months

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 22:26

Or cash-back.

Cashback is fine, as no hassle


Yes, was both, but my Dad is super organised, so redemption OK for him....


redemptions are great as long as you remain organised or the company doesn't go under lol.

I don't trust casback or redemption deals. I'd only ever see them as a bonus, not an actual way to make a contract cheaper.


You're missing out on some of the best deals in the market then. Be wise, pick the companies that have a sound business model (eg mobilesdot co dot uk been around for 16 years and owned by CPW or e2save), but you do have to be organised, which they rely on people not being (and those peeps end up subsidising those that are).

Deal is still available but costs £2.50 a month now as they have reduced the no of free months

A couple of quid a month doesn't mean that much to me, in all honesty. I can save just as much by driving to work less exuberantly for a couple of days. That's far easier than messing around with redemption deals and hoping that Quidco/TCB pay out (months after I've bought the contract).

dcx_badass  Apr. 12, 2012 at 00:28

My contract is £25 a month with O2 for 900mins, unlimited texts and unlimited data (from before the changes).

When I got it I got £200 cashback making it equiv £8.33 a year. That ran out a year ago now and I've not bothered changing. So costs me £300 a year atm. That's a sim only

I do use nearly all the minutes, maybe 100 texts and about 20mb data month (yes 20 megabytes, occasionally I'll do a few GB if I'm away and tethering). My high minutes useage is due to been a student so no land line. Once I leave uni and get a landline I'll drop my contract down to 300 mins I think, probably pay half what I do now.

infiniti  Apr. 12, 2012 at 01:11

the biggest waste is the gullible people spending silly money on the top spec phones that never use them properly , ie £35 a month for an iphone to listen to music occasionally and make a few texts and calls, when a decent mid range phone could be had for about £15 with the same texts/min/net

h_360  Apr. 12, 2012 at 08:16

£5.47 a month, unlimited internet, 600minutes, unlimited texts.

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