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BillMonitor Claims £4bn Annual Mobile Bill Saving

Gordon Kelly


BillMonitor Claims £4bn Annual Mobile Bill Savings

When we choose our mobile phone tariffs we generally fall into either: a) what will it take to get that latest sexy handset for free, or b) what will give me the most text/minutes for the least cash. It seems there is a third category however: c) how much will we all get ripped off?

Following on the 3 and BT Terminate the Rate campaign new mobile comparison site BillMonitor claims it isn't MTRs which are the biggest problem of all: it's the confusion over the multitude of tariffs.

Unlike the usual slew of price comparison sites BillMonitor does things a bit differently. Yes, you can feed it the number of text/minutes/data, etc you require per month and it will compare more than 119,000 tariffs (there really are that many variations!) but that's not the main point.

The interesting bit is 'Online bill tracking' which allows customers to supply their online account details and BillMonitor will automatically analyse your bill based on actual recorded usage and come up with suggestions. This is rather clever since most of us (certainly I don't) have no clue what we go really through in an average month.

For those concerned about giving up their account login details, BillMonitor says its service uses the same security levels as online banking, instantly encrypts your password and it can't be seen - even by its own employees.

So what are the potential benefits? BillMonitor is pulling out some pretty huge numbers, boasting that the average saving for each customer is £16.46 per month - a total of £197 per year - which when translated to the 26 million UK mobile contract owners could see a combined saving of £4.09 billion!

We'll take that with a pinch of salt but BillMonitor is officially credited by independent industry regulator Ofcom so it does come with the highest of references.

Yes, Mobile Termination Rates are still a huge industry problem - but perhaps not the only one...




May 22, 2009, 12:58 am

Apparently I should be paying £85 a month for my usage pattern. I am paying £25. This is why you phone up and tell the network what you are willing to pay for what level of service. Would you pay asking price for a house or car?


May 22, 2009, 1:50 am

Here in the US we get charged an arm and a leg for our cell phone service. If you want 450 any time minutes and unlimited texting thats $60 a month. Granted it comes with free national long distance and unlimited night and weekend minutes that still is expensive. And that is before they hit you with all the hidden fees and taxes. Cell phones are a ripoff, but I use mine frequently so I have to have one.


May 22, 2009, 5:25 pm

To be honest, because the uk has the biggest players here, we do get a lot for nothing.


May 24, 2009, 1:33 am

@Wesley: Yes, and you in the US get absolutely raped when it comes to SMS messages! Charged to RECEIVE a message? that's absolutely ludicrous!


May 24, 2009, 2:00 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder I assume you mean't to write "get absolutely ripped off when it comes to SMS messages!"

rather than suggesting US subscribers are seriously sexually assaulted.

@TR if you say your moderating the comments then your endorsing this 4chan speak. Am I going to be reading on my favourite tech site that the latest panasonic camera derided as 'just so gay' next?

Yours outraged of TW etc etc


May 25, 2009, 2:19 am

@overthere: Appologies, I did not mean to offend. It's a relatively common turn of phrase in my experience, I did not intend it to offend or realise that the statement would be interpreted as such. I shall bear it in mind in the future

Hamish Campbell

May 25, 2009, 2:48 pm

@Chaos - I agree that's a common phrase, and not the same as racial or homophobic slurs, so I wouldn't get to apologetic. The context is pretty clear.


May 26, 2009, 1:18 am

@ChaosDefinesOrder Thanks for your consideration. I know its widely used in less mature spaces and something I tune out on for eg TF2 server chat.

@haim probably not the pace to get into a linguistics debate so all I can say is don't get my wife started on the use of that form of language!

As an aside Stephen Fry has an interesting podcast up on iTunes discussing language evolution and acceptability.


May 27, 2009, 4:27 pm

I am with overthere on this. One of the things I enjoy about this site is the generally intelligent level of commenting. The humour is present without the nastiness that can afflict some sites. I think overthere, chaos and halm have put their view in a mature way.

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