New EU rules double cost of cheapest mobile phone deals

Jess Bown

European Union (EU) rules designed to protect consumers have nearly doubled the cost of the cheapest monthly mobile phone contracts on the market, new figures show.

The EU banned the sale of cheap 36-month contracts to prevent people getting tied to one mobile network provider for too long. But as a result the cheapest contracts available now cost £9 a month, compared with £5 a month in February.