O2 Raising its Prices by End of March This Year

O2 Raising its prices by end of March this year which could affect up to 8.7 million customers, raises in Prices could be as much as 25%

02 Logo BubblesThis increase in prices will include a 2.7% rise on O2 monthly contracts. The charges currently range from £8 – £63 a month. The average contract will rise from £37 to £38 a month. Bad news for all their customers who go over there bundled limit, as they will be hit with a bigger increase. Calls to phone numbers starting with 01/02/03 and 07 will rise from 35p to 40p a minute. Texts will rise from 12p to 15p each and picture messages will rise from 35p to 40p.

The announcement made yesterday, 24h after the new guidance from Ofcom on mid-contract price rise had started. The changes make it clear when customers can leave their contracts without being penalised, if the contract goes up.

“O2 said existing contract customers would have to swallow the rise in the monthly change because its in there terms and conditions”.

O2 have said it is abiding by the updated guidance from Ofcom by making it clear to new customers there their contracts could go up in the future.

O2 said “Price increases are never welcomed but inflation has an impact on our cost. We continue to invest in our network and the services that matter to our customers while still offering grate value for money.”

But Which? Executive director Richard Lloyd said “O2 may not be technically braking any rules, this is disappointing news, not only for O2 customers, but the 60,000 people who joined our Fixed Means Fixed campaign to try and end Mid-contact price rises. We will be keeping an eye on the other operators to ensure they are following the rules and giving customers clear information about their contracts at the point of sale. Our mystery shopper research has shown this does not always happen when people are buying a new mobile.”

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21 More Torrent Sites Blocked By ISP’s

21 More Torrent Sites Blocked By ISP’s

Torrent  Blocked By ISP

Torrent Blocked By ISP

Its good news for copyright holders as they have won a significant ruling in the High Court, that orders UK ISPs to block 21 major file-sharing sites.

The decision marks the BPI’s biggest victory to date. The music industry trade body managed to block only 4 of the file-sharing sites till this point.

The 21 sites blocked by a recent court order includes nine torrent sites and 12 sites that would link you to sites that were hosting pirated films, TV shows, music and software. The BPI said it had contacted the site asking them to remove the copyrighted content, but took it to court when the request was ignored. “We asked the sites to stop infringing copyright, but unfortunately they did not and we were left with no choice but to apply to the court, the judge considered all the evidence and declared that ISPs should not allow access to the sites,” BPI CEO Geoff Taylor said, Only the biggest UK ISPs are bound by this high court ruling so BT, EE, Sky, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin will have to comply. Previously the BPIs biggest success was to force ISP to block access to The Pirate Bay, which was one of the world most popular file-sharing torrent sites.

Mr Taylor said the blocks had “significantly reduced the use of these sites in the UK”. At present it is difficult to access the top 10 most popular torrent sites in the UK but not impossible.

Critics have argued that the blocks are ineffective as freely available software can enable people to gain access to the blocked sites again. Earlier this year The Pirate Bay launched PirateBrowser, which is a web browser that will easily circumvent the ISPs blocks.

Below is a list of some of the court orded blocked sites: –

  • 1337x
  • Bitsnoop
  • TorrentHound
  • Extratorrent
  • Monova
  • Trorrentcrazy
  • Torrentdownlaods
  • Torrentreactor
  • Torrentz

Surely one of the best way to stop people downloading films, music and software would be to make the online version cheaper than its media based counter part, after all they want us to download stuff or use the cloud, so why does it cost so much? After all the cloud based services or downloadable versions should have less over heads as they don’t need to burn anything to disk, have a special printers to print on to the disk, print a cover, have a case to put it in, then ship it to the store. So are the big company’s trying to tell us it costs the same to make a physical copy and then ship it to a store as it does to have one master copy and sell copy’s of that on line or make it accessible in the cloud? I am Sure people would be more inclined to pay a few more pounds for a proper copy than a pirated one. Why is it then films can cost more on line than their media based counterpart? Illegally downloaded copy’s only exists because company’s want too make to a bigger profit. So would it not make more sense to make them a lot cheaper and sell more than keep it the way it is and sell less?

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