phonebill shockHave you ever experienced a bill shock before? Of course, to do so all by your very own actions is bad enough, but what happens when someone does it on your behalf because he or she has managed to take a ride on your phone line after stealing your handset, without you knowing anything about it? Hence, it is a relief to hear that the UK government has worked out a deal with EE, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone so that these mobile carriers will cap bills on any cellphone that have been reported lost or stolen from next spring onward. At the end of the month, if your stolen handset’s bill is more than £50, you will be liable only for £50, which would definitely be a relief for sure.

Apart from that, this particular agreement should also see the avoidance of other different kinds of bill shock, as carriers will eventually be a whole lot more coherent and transparent concerning the possibility of a rate hike halfway through your contract, in addition to kissing goodbye to roaming charges by the time 2016 rolls around. Of course, this does not mean that we will not hear any more cases of bill shock from the UK, since O2 and other mobile service providers happen to skip out on this deal at this point in time. This certainly reflect’s the FCC’s mindset. [Press Release]

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