This is getting a bit out of hand. Every network seems to be bumping up prices mid-contract, basically forcing everyone to pay more. EE's about to jack up prices by 3.3 per cent from April 10th, and there's nothing you can do about it, again.
EE cites 'increasing costs', which is probably spot on considering all the networks are pumping a load of money into infrastructure right now, to support higher network speeds and LTE. And yes, that cost is always passed onto customers, but people sign contracts in good faith for a fixed price per month. I know there are clauses in the terms, but it just seems wrong, and Ofcom seems to agree.
Unfortunately that doesn't help Orange customers, who will see a 3.3 per cent rise in their monthly contract costs from April 10th, and T-mobile customers who will be hit come May 9th.
You know it's gotten bad when a network launches a contract add-on that you have to pay extra for, just to make sure prices don't increase during your contract term. The 'Fix Your Monthly Plan' bolt-on protects you from price rises, but you have to pay between 50p and £2 for it in the first place, depending on your tariff. I don't know about you, but that seems rather outrageous to me.
Anyway, hopefully Ofcom's going to put an end to all this, sooner rather than later, because we sign fixed term contracts expecting them to be fixed. I mean, why sign a contract at all if you have no idea if the price is going to go up? It's like signing a blank cheque saying you'll pay whatever the network decides it wants to charge. Who in their right mind would do that? [Which]