OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen on the easy relationship with mobile phone suppliers and the young

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 June 2017


For me it’s that time of the year again when all my bills seem to come at once.

My TV licence, car insurance, home insurance, they all need paying for.

They say you should switch your supplier regularly, which if the Lib Dem manifesto pledge to legalise cannabis actually happens, would be easier said than done.

They often say that older people are bad at switching and younger people do it more, but one new piece of research has found an area where that’s not the case, mobile phones. The survey found young Brits are actually more loyal to their mobile network than they are to their lovers.

It makes sense. If, when someone started dating me, I could force them to sign up to a 24-month minimum term contract I’d still be in a relationship.

The survey discovered that smartphone-obsessed 18-30-year-olds spend an average of four years and two months with their network, compared to just three years and nine months in romantic relationships.

Maybe if relationships were more like phone deals they’d last longer. If someone offered me roaming I’d be happy. And if I could guarantee a certain number of minutes, but at my age, nah.

With some mobile deals you get free broadband and if you date me I will give you my wifi password, so that’s a draw.

Relationships and mobile contracts will never be the same, the phone deal is a one-way street but relationships need compromise. And when I got a new phone last year I kept my old one in case I ever needed it – you do that with girlfriends and some people frown upon it.

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