O2 mugging people off

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Broken Britain

IlieHave you seen this O2 advert for 3 months free broadband, after that you pay just £8.17. The offer has only 4 days to go well actually three because I only spotted the advert yesterday in the Daily Mail – yes Mrs W is still collecting Lark Rise to Candleford dvds- anyway sounds a bargain doesn’t it?

Mind you according to the small print you have to pay by direct debit to get it and there’s a reason for that, more later. Also that price includes a £5.11 discount for O2 customers so that price is beginning to jump up and you haven’t got it yet.

Anyway according to the weekly email from money saving expert Martin Lewis O2 are about to hike up their prices in April

This is the gist of it from Money Expert

O2 broadband customers face price hikes from April.

O2 is increasing its home broadband prices by almost £50 a year in some cases. The rises will hit new and current customers.

However, the change means any user unhappy with the rise can leave O2, even if they are still within their contract term.

Cost hikes

The amount O2 customers will see prices rise by depends on their package and when they signed up.

Those who signed up to a package from September 2010 will see an increase of between 33p and 58p a month.

Anyone on older O2 packages, will see steeper price increases of between £1.84 and £3.63 a month.

Customers on O2’s Access package, which enables them to connect via a BT landline, will face hikes of between £2.63 (pre-September 2010) and £4.12 a month (post-September 2010).

The rises begin in April, though only once any introductory offer ends. This is where the direct debit comes in, before you know it O2 are pulling the extra money out of your account.

Mind you

If you’re an O2 broadband customer tied into a deal, the price rise means you can escape, simply by informing the provider within 30 days.

O2 states: “We believe we offer a fantastic value for money broadband and home phone service. However, you can leave without penalty if you tell us within 30 days of receiving your price change notification letter or email.”

A man’s best friend is his dog

Six foreign nationals have been stopped from illegally entering the UK after a UK Border Agency sniffer dog at Calais found them hiding in a lorry bound for Liverpool.

Apparently as officers checked the vehicles bound for the UK the team’s sniffer dog, George a 5-year-old Springer Spaniel, detected four Afghans and two Iranians hiding amongst the lorry’s load of car parts destined for Halewood, Liverpool.

The stowaways were refused entry to the UK and were then handed over to the French Frontier Police (Police Aux Frontieres) on Friday 18 February.

The Polish registered lorry and Polish driver now each face a potential fine if they are found not to have taken adequate steps to secure the load.

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