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Welcome To My New Home

I know what most of you are thinking. This looks an awful lot like the old home. But it isn’t!

As discussed in the last few posts I have been looking at transferring my hosting due to my host’s inability to cope with the traffic this site has been receiving over the last few weekends when I post the Strictly Spoiler. Traffic has been increasing exponentially each week.

That transfer has now pretty much completed and this site is now with the new host. There’s still one or two things I need to do to complete the transfer and I’ll be checking the site for teething problems, of which there have already been a couple, over the next few days to make sure everything is ok.

Hopefully this host will be able to hold up to the traffic spikes . They do claim that their cloud hosting could hold up to a website being featured on Dragon’s Den so it should be able to handle a few thousand people wanting to find out what the BBC should be telling them on Saturday Night!

If my new host does hold up on Saturday then obviously I will be very happy to recommend them

McDonalds Monopoly Prize Vault 2014 Rare Stickers

I’m a couple of days late to this party but McDonald’s monopoly is back for yet another year. Still as unlikely to win anything but a big mac as ever (well actually marginally more likely to win as the number of prizes for some of the lower tiers has risen) and still likely to bring a bunch of stupid people with little grasp of how the competition works getting over excited because they, like everyone else, have a Park Lane sticker which obviously means they are halfway to £100k doesn’t it? What do you mean no?

Anyway here are the rare pieces:

Brown – Custom Phone Case – Old Kent Road (50,000 Rare Stickers)

Light Blue – Urbanz Headphones – Euston Road (30,000 Rare Stickers)

Purple – £100 Buyagift Voucher – Northumberland Avenue (1500 Rare Stickers)

Orange – Best Western Break – Marlborough Street (1000 Rare Stickers)

Red – iPad Air – Strand (500 Rare Stickers)

Yellow – Yamaha Scooter – Coventry Street (40 Rare Stickers)

Green – Mini Cooper – Bond Street (15 Rare Stickers)

Dark Blue – £100k – Mayfair (4 Rare Stickers)

Stations – Xbox One – Liverpool St Station (850 Rare Stickers)

No FAQ this year. I’ve answered the most popular question above in my introduction above and don’t seem to get as many stupid questions now a number of copycat sites have cropped up

O2 Mid Contract Price Rise Policy Incurs Customer Wrath

On 23rd January 2014 a ruling from OFCOM came into effect giving consumers the right to reject mid contract price increases on new contracts sold after this date. Heavily campaigned for by consumer groups such as Which this ruling was seen as a major victory for the consumer and ended a year or two period of every single major UK network increasing the cost of mobile subscriptions in the middle of a contract. Most UK networks have agreed to accept the ruling and will no longer unexpectedly increase prices in the middle of a contract.

O2 however have taken a rather different position. As of the above date, all contracts sold by O2 include a clause making you agree to a compulsory annual rise in your monthly tariff. Contracts sold before this date are not covered by the OFCOM ruling so O2 can still increase them too. So in one fell swoop O2 have stuck two fingers up at OFCOM and their customers.

Unhappy customers have taken to Twitter, Facebook and O2’s own customer forums to complain with O2 mainly providing copy and pasted standard responses and demonstrating an inability or unwillingness to answer simple questions when put to them. Questions such as why if O2’s costs in providing a service increase in line with inflation haven’t their costs in providing a Pay As You Go service similarly increased? – PAYG pricing remains the same. The answer of course is quite simply that PAYG customers are completely free to leave although I’m sure O2 won’t admit that!

Also in less than a day 1300 unhappy customers have, through a form set up by Which, emailed O2’s CEO to express their unhappiness at this. The form can be found HERE or you can email him direct by sending your email to ronan.dunne@o2.com

At the moment, O2 isn’t allowing any customers to cancel over this, however some customers may still have cancellation rights. O2 have also increased the cost of out of bundle minutes and MMS messages. If you regularly use these features and the new prices cause your bills to increase by more than 10% you can cancel. Also any customers out of contract can cancel. As can any customers on O2 refresh who pay off or have already paid off their phone plan which is exactly what I plan to do!