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Consumers ‘held hostage’ by SIM-locked phones

giffgaff_002 Mobile users are being “held hostage” by their provider because of the cost of unlocking their phones to switch to other providers, a recent report claims.

The report shows that the majority of people using unlocked phones is due to “consumer confusion” surrounding the issue, with almost a third not sure if it is legal to change to a different provider.

The survey, which was carried out by YouGov amongst 2019 adults on behalf of MVNO GiffGaff, showed that consumers are missing out on the “best deals” and that they wanted more information on how to “unlock” their mobile when they bought them.

Our old friend Mike Fairman, chief executive of giffgaff, said: “Consumers risk being held hostage by their mobile network to the tune of £400 million simply to switch networks with their existing phone. The practice of selling mobile phones locked to one network, or Sim-locking as it is known in the industry, is having a big impact on consumers’ ability to get the best deal on the market.”

The report also claimed that consumers were currently charged around £17 to switch networks meaning this service alone could be worth millions to the mobile phone industry.


Posted by: Tracy

Posted in: News

HTC Flyer Unboxing Video

HTC Flyer 3 views

First announced at Mobile World Congress back in February the HTC Flyer is the companies first attempt at jumping into the tablet market. Packed with the all so familiar HTC Sense, the Flyers user interface will be very familiar to many, although it does have a few additional new features now.

With a 1.5GHz processor and running Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) the new tablet certainly has the specification good enough to compete with the other popular 7 inch tablets already on the market and with the HTC brand now being so common could this itself help with the Flyers sales?

The new ‘Scribe Technology’ will certainly appeal to some. Could the HTC Flyer be a business mans new best friend?

Of course we will have a full review in the near future but in the meantime you can check out our unboxing video below along with the HTC Flyers full specs.

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