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James_B_Crawshaw
James_B_Crawshaw
7/24/2018 | 6:27:22 PM
Eye gouging and fleecing
There has been a steady decline in the tariffs MNOs were allowed to charge for roaming in the EU starting in 2007 and culminating 10 years later with RLAH. You always knew where you stood with phone calls. These started at 49c/min outgoing and 73c/min incoming in 2007 and dropped to 43c and free by 2010. Outgoing dropped to 19c by 2014. But the retail prices of data were unregulated until 2012 when they set a cap of 70c/MB. However, enterprise contracts were exempted from these protections. I was totally fleeced by Vodafone in 2013 when I took the work Blackberry on holiday to Spain and came back with an £800 bill.

RLAH is great but it does mean I let my guard down when travelling abroad. I went to China earlier this year and forgot to switch off mobile data. I didn't actively use the phone off-Wi-Fi but all those apps connecting in the background managed to rack up a tasty bill.


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