Over at David’s the trolls are on attack, note they only attack over at David’s rather than come to my blog for a hiding. However not a one has bothered to actually debate the issue, playing me and my father for some strange reason.
They also mistake my outrage as an inability to pay the bill, which is so far from the truth it isn’t funny, they also seem to think that I expect the state to bail me out, which I most definately do not, I do however expect the Commerce Commission to investigate what to my mind is an egregious example of price gouging.
Note also that Vodafone UK has this year introduced a flat rate for data in Europe; at least in the parts of Europe where Vodafone operates, of â‚¬12 for 24 hours connectivity.
Squarely aimed at business users connecting their laptop computers when roaming, the service is intended to make billing simpler, as well as offering a cheaper option for data-heavy users. Anyone roaming to a non-Vodafone network, or exceeding the 50MB cap, will find themselves paying their normal international rate, which could confuse further; though hopefully the majority won’t suffer from either scenario.
Of course this in direct contrast to Vodafone’s answer to Darren Greenwood that the policy is the same for all of Vodafone’s customers worldwide. Now if you use that example for my 20 day trip to Australia and approximately 250Mb of data consumed, my data bill would have been $480, only ten times my usual bill and a far more acceptable pricing regime for a premium service. $7000 for the same amount of data is simply theft writ large and Vodafone are very definately having a lend of their customers.
Of course don’t expect Sonic, DiM and other socialist lickspittles to understand the complexities of the issues, they are way to busy casting aspersions on me and my father.
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