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Uber’s Sensible Solution for Drivers Concerned About Coronavirus: Just Don’t Work, Duh

As the coronavirus outbreak rages on, an increasing number of tech giants have begun adopting additional safety measures to minimise their employees’ exposure, such as restricting travel or cancelling prescheduled events. In that vein, Uber pushed out a memo to its global network of drivers Friday with some tips on how to stay healthy while contracting for the ridesharing app. Read More >>

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Insurers Are Next Against the Wall in Annual Contract Price Hike Wars

The Financial Conduct Authority has picked itself a nice easy target to batter, and is peering at the methods of the insurance industry to see how car and home insurers can be made to play a bit nicer when it comes to automatically renewing policies. Read More >>

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ISPs Promise to Make New Customer Deals Available to Current Subs

Communications regulator Ofcom has again managed to get the UK's ISPs to submit to behaving a little bit more like responsible businnesspeople, and has secured agreements that allow existing customers to access all the thrilling new customer deals when their contracted periods come to an end. Read More >>

networks
Three Accused of Ripping Off Customers by Avoiding End-of-Contract Switching

Mobile network Three is the only one of the main mobile players that has not committed to automatically putting customers on lower tariffs when their initial deals end, leading to accusations that it's ripping off those loyal to its masts and services. Read More >>

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How Long Have You Been With Your Mobile Network?

Carphone Warehouse says the average 18-30-year-old has been in a monogamous mobile phone contract with the same network for just over four years, as the pain of swapping and potentially not having a fun thing to look at for a few hours or days is too much to risk. What's your mobile relationship best? Read More >>

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Three Network Accused of £230 Per Year Contract Rip-Off

Ofcom has launched an investigation into the contractual wranglings of the Three network, after an investigation claimed that it overcharges its one and two-year contracts users by up to £230 each year should they choose to exit deals early. Read More >>

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Ofcom Demands Quicker Mobile Contract Switches

Communications regulator Ofcom has set its sights on clearing up the bewildering process of switching mobile phone providers, saying that 38 per cent of all switchers had some sort of problem when organising their last network change -- and it wants to make it easier. Read More >>

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Conmen Stole £36k by Taking out 190 Phone Contracts

Two men had an idea for a modern get rich quick scheme. They took out 190 individual mobile phone contracts through Carphone Warehouse using fake names and addresses, with no intention of honouring the contracts so they could keep and sell the phones for a £36k profit. Read More >>

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Post Office Mobile Starts Selling PAYG SIMs

The Post Office has launched a new mobile service in the UK, opting to call it Post Office Mobile. When you've got a brand name that ingrained in UK culture, you don't change anything. Read More >>

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Amazon Forces Workers to Sign Sinister Non-Compete Agreements 

If you take a temporary factory job at Amazon, you have to sign away your ability to work almost anywhere else, for 18 months after your gig is finished. Read More >>

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The Nation Blows £5.42bn a Year Overpaying for Mobiles

Consumer group Which? has done some maths based on how much we spend on phone contracts, with the result suggesting we're overpaying to have nice things by billions of pounds each year. Read More >>

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Amazon Adds Proper Phones to O2 Monthly Contract Options

Amazon UK has turned itself into a full O2 reseller, adding phones like the Moto G, Galaxy S5, BlackBerry Passport and Xperia Z3 to its monthly contract options. Contracts are quite costly, though, with the Xperia Z3 starting at £38 a month for a "free" phone, 2GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts. [Amazon via Engadget] Read More >>

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Vodafone Promises to Stop Mid-Contract Price Hikes

Mobile network Vodafone has jumped on the civil unrest triggered by mid-contract inflationary price rises, announcing a plan to guarantee that none of its customers will see their monthly payments rise for the duration of a contract. Read More >>

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Apple Rumoured to be Asking US Networks for $100 iPhone 6 Price Hike

Today's unsubstantiated iPhone 6 rumour concerns the price of the forthcoming phone, with Apple said to be aware it has the networks over a barrel and hitting them up for a price increase of $100 (£60) per phone. What are they going to do? Not stock the iPhone? Read More >>

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EE, T-Mobile and Orange Award Themselves 2.7 Per Cent Contract Pay Rise

The mobile conglomerate responsible for running EE, Orange and T-Mobile in the UK is god-damn SICK of bravely protecting us from supplier price rises and inflationary pressures, and has finally, despairingly, decided it's time to pass a 2.7 per cent cost increase on to its users. Read More >>