British regulator bans 3 year wireless contracts

Ofcom, the British communications regulator, has forbidden wireless and broadband carriers in the country from offering contracts of more than two years. The move brings the UK into conformance with European telecom laws.
So here's a question: If it's good enough for them, why not for us?
No doubt a lot of readers are warry of government regulation — except maybe when it brings us more wireless competitors. But so far that competition hasn't stopped Bell, Rogers and Telus from continuing to offer highly discounted handsets IF you ink a three-year contract. There's a lot of evidence that these so-called deals aren't in the consumer's interest by the time they've paid $50 a month for 36 months for that $500 phone.
And the truth is, the carriers are tired of subsidizing handsets. At least one publicly-traded carrier has admitted that its quarerly results have been impaced by the discounts. The problem is none of the big three wants to blink. So I suspect  they are quietly praying behind closed doors for a little regulation.

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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