Im writing this post in a bit of a rage having been ‘screwed’ on a so called free line rental deal!
A while back I ordred a new mobile phone… as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
But then… greed kicks in, the possibility of getting something for nothing is very alluring, even if things ‘dont feel right’.
So, the deal is, I bought a new phone contract from a well known retailer, who shall remain nameless, for now at least, who said that if I wanted a really cheap deal they could give me a phone contract completely free of charge.
They said they had some special promotion on whereby they would refund the total cost of my phone contract to me over a period of months some way into the contract.
It all sounded a bit complicated at the time to be honest, I guess I should have paid more attention.
Anyway, the long and the short of this is that I though I was getting a “12 months free line rental” deal, but fell fould of a few (of the many!) technicalities in the contract and was not actually paid anything
Worse still the phone ended up costing me more than if I had just walked into my local store and bought at their standard rates (online is usuall cheaper).
I had a look online for more information on these free line rental deals, and very few of the sites actually point out the problems with them… surprise surprise…. I mean most companies are trying to sell them.
Ironically, one site that does give advice on 12, 18 and 24 months free line rental contracts actually has the deals in the name… if you read that page you will see that there are a load of things you have to watch out for… and more besides it would seem!
The thing is, I have nowhere to go with this now, its all perfectly legal… I have no redress.
I guess its no big deal really, I still got the phone and the minutes I wanted… I just hate knowing I screwed up and could have got it cheaper elsewhere.
Im not sure what to do on my next phone contract… whether to play it safe, or go double or quits and try to make my money back!