…well, they aren’t:
Surging numbers of people struggling to pay for ‘must-have’ smartphone deals, a debt advice charity has warned, after seeing the number of cries for help with phones generally more than treble over a five-year period.
Aha! Modern British ‘poverty’ at its best…
Joanna Elson, chief executive of the MAT, said: “Smartphones have in many ways revolutionised our lives, but we’ve certainly been made to pay for the privilege. “
What, you thought such technological advances came free?
“A family of four with two parents and two teenagers could quite easily be paying around £140 a month for all four to have a smartphone – more than the average UK energy bill.
“For 42% of smartphone owners, the phone is their sole internet access point, so they are quite reliant on keeping it running.”
‘It’, singular. Not ‘them’, plural!
Ms Elson said that when people take out a contract for a smartphone, they are “in effect taking out a loan to pay for the handset“.
She continued: “When people fall foul of that monthly fee, they can find themselves with a growing debt problem. The figures suggest this is happening more often in line with more people taking out expensive smartphone contracts.”
Then these people deserve to be in debt. And I’m not sure that having a charity set up to support them is a good use of taxpayer’s money, which currently contributes to a third of their budget!
Ms Elson said there should be responsibility “on both sides” and people should only take on contracts after carefully considering whether they can afford them, while mobile phone companies should treat consumers in financial difficulty with understanding.
Why? If these people are getting into debt to pay for what are ‘luxury’ goods? Why on earth would the companies owe them anything?