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giffgaff horror ads are still too scary for YouTube, rules ASA

UK virtual mobile network giffgaff’s attempts to target its humorous horror-themed video ads have fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority.

The ASA received a complaint about a giffgaff advertisement on YouTube, which began with a screaming woman being pursued by a man who appeared to be holding a chainsaw.

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Ofcom confirms its plans to cut UK mobile termination rates

Last June, UK communications regulator Ofcom published a consultation document that contained its plans for ‘mobile termination rates’.

These are the wholesale charges paid by network operators when they connect calls to rival mobile networks, which then have an impact on call charges for consumers.

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Ofcom changes UK mobile licences to include 90% geographic coverage commitment

Ofcom has changed the licences of the UK’s ‘big four’ mobile network operators to improve mobile coverage.

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have all agreed to accept this change.

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BlackBerry CEO wants 'app neutrality' as well as net neutrality

BlackBerry CEO wants 'app neutrality' as well as net neutrality

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said he thinks ‘net neutrality’ - preventing telecoms networks from restricting or prioritising certain types of internet traffic - should go further than just network operators and service providers.

In a letter to the US government (later published as a blog post) he says that neutrality should also be mandated for content and applications.

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EE is refunding £1 million to data roaming customers after VAT confusion

It’s reported that EE is refunding around £1 million to customers who were charged VAT in error. People who travelled outside Europe and used their phones to go online were apparently charged VAT, although this should only apply to usage inside the EU.

Only 0.5% of EE’s customers were affected by the problem, which happened because the company’s billing system hadn’t been set up correctly.

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