It might surprise you to know that not all 0800, 0808 or 0500 calls are free if you’re calling from a mobile phone. Whilst you can call these numbers free from a land line phone, mobiles are a different story, and you could end up with a very surprising mobile bill at the end of the month. So how can you call these numbers for free?
Getting a phone bill that’s higher than you’ve agreed to pay in your contract can be a pain, but whether or not this is cause to cancel your contract is a bit of a murky issue, depending on why your bill has gone up and on when your contract was signed.
Today’s question comes from Jane who asks: Dear Brandon, I took out a phone contract for my ex-boyfriend as he had a bad credit rating. We have since split up and he has taken the phone but is refusing to pay the monthly bill. What are my options?
Signing a mobile contract is not something that should be undertaken lightly, mostly because it can be difficult and costly to cancel once you’re signed up for service. Whilst there are some occasions when you can cancel penalty free, for the most part if you want to cancel you’re going to end up paying some pretty pricey fees. Let’s take a look at exactly what your options are here.
This is a bit of a tough one, but there are options… if you get a mobile on a two year contract you’d sort of expect that your phone would be protected in some way, right? However, that’s not always true. We’re going to be honest and say that in many cases you’re going to end up buying a new phone out of your own pocket, but there are some things that you might want to try first.
Firstly, don’t panic. In today’s financial climate, you’re definitely not alone. Mobile phone bills can be a huge drain on a monthly income, and if you signed up for a contract and suddenly find yourself out of work, for example, then mobile bills aren’t exactly your priority. On the other hand, you can’t ignore the problem, so you’ve already taken a great first step by recognising the problem and asking for advice.
As smartphone technology continues to evolve, it also paves the way for an increasing amount of mobile phone scams. These scams can cost their victims anywhere in the range of just a few pounds to their whole life savings. As using these devices becomes a more integral part of our daily lives, it’s important to be aware of the different types of mobile scams and how to avoid them. Here’s a look at some of the most common mobile phone scams.
Today’s question comes from DippyLUFC who asks:
I want to get a new phone on a pay monthly plan but I don’t have a debit card how can I sign up without one?