News Articles

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Possibility of price rises means Three UK has advertising complaint upheld

The possibility of monthly charges rising during a fixed-term mobile phone contract has resulted in a complaint being upheld against a Three UK advertisement. Because the network reserved the right to increase charges in line with inflation during the minimum term, the UK Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that referring to a fixed monthly amount was misleading.

Consumer organisation Which? has been campaigning for mobile networks to guarantee fixed prices throughout the initial term of ‘pay monthly’ contracts, while UK regulator Ofcom has responded to these concerns with a formal consultation.

Promoting a tariff as ‘£30 per month’ for a ‘24 month contract’ is unacceptable, the ASA said, because this did not clearly explain that the network could increase the monthly price within the term of the contract.

Three noted that its contracts only permitted the monthly recurring price to increase in line with inflation (the ‘RPI’), pointing out that other mobile operators and internet service providers had similar terms. In addition, 2012 was the first time it had increased prices in this way for nine years.

In its assessment, the ASA said the potential for the monthly tariff to be increased should have been made clear in Three’s advertising material. As it wasn’t, the ad breached the Committee of Advertising Practice rules on misleading advertising and qualification.

[ASA adjudication]

Print
Author: The Fonecast
0 Comments
Rate this article:
No rating

Categories: Retailing, Networks and operators, NewsNumber of views: 1218

Tags: advertisinguklegalthreetariff

Please login or register to post comments.

Name:
Email:
Subject:
Message:
x

Follow thefonecast.com

Twitter @TheFonecast RSS podcast feed
Find us on Facebook Subscribe free via iTunes

Archive Calendar

«March 2017»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
272812345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789

Archive

Terms Of Use | Privacy Statement