money
"No Change" Parking Meters Rake in Bonus £300k in a Year

Cornwall Council has been having a whale of a time ripping off tourists and locals, with its "no change" parking meters taking over £300,000 in excess parking fees thanks to a decision to stop handing out change. The cost of maintaining the float and an increased risk of vandalism in cash-carrying machines are the excuses for the windfall. [BBC] Read More >>

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BBC Boss Wants iPlayer Freeloaders to Prove They Have a TV Licence

People who avoid having a licence fee in order to do all their BBC watching on iPlayer should still be required to pay the charge, says director general Tony Hall, hinting that a PIN-protected iPlayer for fee-payers only may be on the cards. Read More >>

apps
Office of Fair Trading Gives Developers Two Months to End Shady In-App Purchases Practises

The Office of Fair Trading wants UK app developers to comply with new guidelines put in place to protect parents from the dread of in-app purchases, with the threat of legal action if they fail to make it easier to stop kids racking up £1,000 on buying new hair for virtual teddies. Read More >>

cars
Government May Cut Parking Fines to Kill Council's Cash Cows

Minor parking rule breaches might soon be treated with equally minor financial penalties, with the government said to be thinking of asking councils to lower the minimum fixed fees levied on tiny driving offences like spending five minutes too long trudging around your depressed high street. Read More >>

money
Hidden Fees Still Ripping Off Online Ticket Buyers

Ludicrous delivery costs for slips of paper and arbitrary fees added at the end of the booking process are ripping off ticket buyers, with a Which? survey finding that some online companies are ratcheting up the cost of buying a ticket by as much as one third. Read More >>

networks
UK Networks Agree £50 Cap on Lost and Stolen Phone Charges

Four of our largest mobile networks have come to a deal on handling calling fees run up on lost and stolen mobile phones, with EE, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone agreeing to limit the nicked mobile bill shock to a maximum of £50. Read More >>

apple
Billion-Dollar Giant Apple is Sad About Ebook Anti-Trust Lawyer's Legal Fees

Apple's not happy with the US legal system, claiming that the $1,100 (£670) hourly fee charged by a court-appointed specialist in its ebook price-fixing case is a bit on the high side. He's only being given the equivalent of a 32GB iPhone 5S every hour, though. Read More >>

transport
Does Ryanair's Profit Warning Show We're Tired of Penny-Stealing Small Print?

Last week, Ryanair warned investors that there'd been a "perceptible dip" in bookings for September and the rest of the autumn, a fall that could show we're moving on from pursuing the cheapest prices in favour of getting the fairest treatment and not having to pay £1.50 for a Twix. Read More >>

networks
Leaked Euro Law Wants a Ban on all Mobile Roaming Fees

All mobile phone chat, text and data roaming fees across Europe might be due for the chop soon, according to a leaked draft proposal from the European Commission that aims to standardise costs across the EU. Read More >>

networks
Three Bins Calling, Text and Data Roaming Fees in Seven Countries

UK mobile network Three has jiggled its overseas calling plans, introducing something it calls the 'Feel At Home' option. This means full use of your UK contract minutes, texts and mobile data allowance when in one of the seven countries initially covered by the scheme. Read More >>

networks
Premium Rate Government Numbers Screw the Poorest People out of £56m a Year

Research by the National Audit Office has found that we spend around £56m a year phoning various government departments, with the rise in use of the premium 084 numbers costing us dearly. Read More >>

networks
EU Mobile Roaming Fees Less of a Rip-Off From Today

Today's the day the EU's latest bit of positive price fixing legislation kicks in, with new rules regarding how much the mobile networks can charge us for roaming while away from home coming online right now. Read More >>

networks
EU Votes to Ban Mobile Call, Text and Data Roaming Fees From 2014

A complete end to mobile roaming fee stress should hit Europe next year, thanks to EU politicians voting to approve and "fast track" into law regulations that stop the networks charging us any roaming fees while within the EU's member states. Read More >>

networks
Ofcom Simplifying Non-Geographic Numbers so We're Not Terrified of Calling Companies

Telecoms industry manager Ofcom is taking a long and hard look at the way it organises the non-geographic 03, 08 and 09 numbers in the UK, after it found that some callers avoid using them due to worries about being charged rip-off rates. Read More >>

money
Are We All Going to Have to Start Paying For Our Bank Accounts?

The EU has tabled a few draft proposals designed to force banks to be clearer on their charges and make comparing fees easier, which could bring about the long-heralded end of mostly "free" banking in the UK. Read More >>

networks
0800 Mobile Calling Fees Rip-Off Set to End

One of the great modern injustices about using your mobile will soon come to an end, thanks to regulator Ofcom formally decreeing that it wants to unify freephone numbers and make 0800 lines free to call from our mobiles. Read More >>

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