Ofcom made a ruling just yesterday that mobile customers hit with mid-term price rises should be allowed to leave their contracts. Now today, UK network O2 will be requiring new customers to agree to such price hikes as part of their contract, meaning if you join you won't be able to leave based on the Ofcom ruling. If you're thinking of moving to O2 you may want to think again. While we know this applies to new customers we aren't sure if this applies to current customers moving onto a new contract with the network, so it may be best to give the contract a good read over before keeping it after the allowed cancellation period.
Update: O2 has commented on the story, see tweet below.
@xstex Hi Stephen, increases aren't welcome but inflation has an impact on our costs. The rise is in line with latest RPI.
— O2 in the UK (@O2) January 23, 2014
Now it's understandable for companies to increase pricing due to inflation, however to force it onto new customers in the middle of a contract isn't a good thing.