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MSE News: Beware 'hidden APRs' of up to 48% on mobile contracts this Christmas

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Mobiles
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Former_MSE_HelenFormer_MSE_Helen
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Mobiles
"MoneySavingExpert.com is today calling for new rules to force mobile phone providers to display clear APRs on smartphone..."
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Beware 'hidden APRs' of up to 48% on mobile contracts this Christmas

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  • RafterRafter
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    Should be sold in two parts so people know how much the device costs.

    Really poor consumer outcome where people are paying APR's well above the cost of getting a loan. Also when they don't realise the true cost of the device and get it insured properly.

    R
    Smile :), it makes people wonder what you have been up to.
  • minislimminislim
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    had the argument with o2 regards their "0%" finance when they first introduced their split contract and phone packages.

    at the time the iphone 5 was over £100 more on the 0% offer than on their payg phone they offered.

    when i challenged them on their pricing they said it was a completely different pricing structure.

    i asked why it was different? its the same phone. why charge more when they make out they're giving the finance at 0%?

    they couldn't give me an answer.


    one of the reasons i left them.

    its dirty tricks like this that destroys the trust in companies that i held as being pretty good up to then.

    if a business wants to play dirty, then it deserves no more money from me now and ever again in the future.
  • The hidden APR is one thing, but even worse is that they are quite happy to leave the less-savvy amongst us on that same contract long after the phone is paid off. It should be a requirement that they drop you to a SIM only deal unless you upgrade your phone.
  • Maybe it's just me, but if you can't do some pretty basic maths you shouldn't be signing any financial agreement. I know people will argue about this but it's common sense isn't it? I don't want anybody to get ripped off. If you find it confusing, ask a friend to help.
  • callum9999callum9999
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    pepdavies wrote: »
    Maybe it's just me, but if you can't do some pretty basic maths you shouldn't be signing any financial agreement. I know people will argue about this but it's common sense isn't it? I don't want anybody to get ripped off. If you find it confusing, ask a friend to help.

    I'm not sure this is the site for you. People aren't expected to think before making a purchase on here, merely buy blindly then moan about it afterwards.
  • I don't get it ? 9 times out of 10 it's gonna be cheaper to get a sim only and buy a phone. People don't buy contracts because there cheap and get tricked. They want a smart phone they don't wanna pay 3-400 for one so they get a contract.

    If course there is gonna be some extra profit in contracts for the networks otherwise what's the point. People don't get a loan because they are disposable goods and they will want a new one in 2 years so can upgrade for "free"
  • edited 17 December 2014 at 10:44AM
    grumblergrumbler
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    edited 17 December 2014 at 10:44AM
    Tara_Evans wrote:
    Some networks quote inflated APRs

    We also found that while some networks do state APRs of 0%...
    Is it just me?

    Is 'deflated' not a correct term to be used?
    We are born naked, wet and hungry...Then things get worse. :(

    .withdrawal, NOT withdrawel ..bear with me, NOT bare with me
    .definitely, NOT definately ......separate, NOT seperate
    should have, NOT should of
    .....guaranteed, NOT guarenteed
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