EE contract...EE own the phone for the first 6 months!

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KevinM
KevinM Posts: 326 Forumite
This is a new T&C that EE told me as I was just about to upgrade my mobile contract...

Agreed a deal for an iPhone 6, and then he said he had to read some legal T&C's to me...

First thing he said was that EE are the legal owners of the phone for the first 6 months...

I stopped him there, and asked him to repeat that, and he confirmed that EE own the phone for the first 6 months of the contract.

I have never heard of this before, with any mobile provider, and he even agreed that it was a little odd, but he went away to speak to his manager, who confirmed that I am not the legal owner of the phone for the first 6 months, and as such, if I wanted to sell the phone, I was not legally entitled to...

Not too surprisingly, we didn't carry on with the deal!

Anyone else come across this odd T&C before?

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  • Tony5101
    Tony5101 Posts: 1,589 Forumite
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    edited 18 August 2015 at 5:33PM
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    I wasn't aware of this before, but it is in the terms listed under point 2 'Equipment'


    http://goo.gl/KHcltX
  • d123
    d123 Posts: 8,629 Forumite
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    edited 18 August 2015 at 5:34PM
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    KevinM wrote: »
    This is a new T&C that EE told me as I was just about to upgrade my mobile contract...

    Agreed a deal for an iPhone 6, and then he said he had to read some legal T&C's to me...

    First thing he said was that EE are the legal owners of the phone for the first 6 months...

    I stopped him there, and asked him to repeat that, and he confirmed that EE own the phone for the first 6 months of the contract.

    I have never heard of this before, with any mobile provider, and he even agreed that it was a little odd, but he went away to speak to his manager, who confirmed that I am not the legal owner of the phone for the first 6 months, and as such, if I wanted to sell the phone, I was not legally entitled to...

    Not too surprisingly, we didn't carry on with the deal!

    Anyone else come across this odd T&C before?

    Yes, it's not that new. They've been doing it for some time now (since at least early 2014).

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    Since the beginning of March 2104.
    TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    The legal terms You need to know about Your pay monthly mobile communications service. lol

    Version 02 dated March 2014.

    2. Equipment. You may get Equipment from Us when you take out a Price Plan. Unless We tell you otherwise, You will only own this Equipment at the end of the first six months of the Minimum Term (see point 3.14 and 3.15 of the terms and conditions). You will be required to take all reasonable care with the Equipment and keep it in good condition as if You owned it. (See point 3.13.2).

    http://ee.co.uk/content/dam/ee-help/Help-PDFs/EE%20PAYM%20T%26Cs%20v2.pdf?WT.mc_id=ON_MEC_A_AffWin_Skimlinks&WT.tsrc=Affiliate
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  • KevinM
    KevinM Posts: 326 Forumite
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    So, is it only EE that are starting this new trend?

    I really don't see the point of it...it's not like they are going to ask for it back after 5 months!
  • tomtontom
    tomtontom Posts: 7,929 Forumite
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    Makes sense to me - if you renege on your contract they can come after you for the value of the phone. I don't see the problem with it for a legitimate customer?
  • grumbler
    grumbler Posts: 58,629 Forumite
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    KevinM wrote: »
    So, is it only EE that are starting this new trend?

    I really don't see the point of it...it's not like they are going to ask for it back after 5 months!
    >> Help Buymobiles.net claims i owe them money.
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