In a win for our Unlock Better Mobile Deals campaign, the regulator Ofcom has today announced proposals to bring an end to double bill payments for mobile switchers.
Currently mobile switchers looking to change providers could find themselves stung with a double bill payment to their old and new providers within the first month of switching.
To tackle the number of customers caught by the problem, Ofcom has today launched a consultation on new rules it’s proposing to introduce.
Ofcom estimates that ending double bill payments could save switchers £13m a year.
Ofcom put forward options earlier this year to overhaul the switching process. These included provider-led switching services and making it easier to keep mobile phone numbers. Almost six million people have never switched provider.
Today’s announcement should come as welcome news to the more than 75,000 supporters who’ve backed our campaign to make mobile switching hassle free.
Ofcom’s consultation will run until September. It’s expected that the regulator will announce its decision with reforms to improve the overall switching process toward the end of this year.
The reforms can’t come soon enough. If you want to see Ofcom bring through simpler switching straight away, please sign our petition to unlock better mobile deals.
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Giffgaff today came out in support of our campaign to Unlock Better Mobile Deals.
The mobile provider already matches what we're calling for, such as selling mobiles unlocked and separating the cost of your handset from the service charge.
Mike Fairman, chief executive officer of giffgaff, said:
'It is great to hear that our approach is so closely aligned to the campaign by Which? to "unlock better mobile deals". We work with our members to ensure transparency and offer them a range of unlocked, contract free phones with the option to change their plan whenever they want.'
Giffgaff's support follows news last week that mobile providers across the US will automatically notify their customers as soon they are eligible to unlock thier handset. It’s now time for the UK’s mobile providers to follow suit.
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