Blog DOB: 04 Dec, 2012
Many of us, if not all of us, now carry a mobile phone. We all have different methods of paying for the usage of these phones from "Pay as you go " or "Pay Monthly", I have been a pay monthly customer of Vodafone for a long time.
I decided to carry out a little analysis of my bills to see if I was getting the best value for money from the tarriff that I was on. When I was reviewing the data that I could get my hands on from Vodafones website I noticed that I was calling and continue to call 1890 numbers.
1890 numbers are shown on many advertisements and documentation to be low cost numbers, well they are not if you use your mobile.
My tarriff gives me a monthly allowance of 200 minutes of calls to any network and landlines in Ireland, and I find it hard to meet this on a monthly basis, and usually have minutes carried foward to the next month, yet I still get charged for calls that I have made to 1890 numbers at 25c per minute, which does'nt meet my defination of cheap or low cost.
When I called Vodafone to ask why this is the case, "Its always been like that" was the response, I asked could it be ascertained why 1890 numbers are not part of my monthly commitment? "I'll need to find out and get back to you" I'm still waiting, and have a feeling will be waiting for sometime to come.
Another thing I noticed that Companies and Government Agencies, such as the Revenue Commissioners, print these numbers so that you can contact them cheaply, but they never print an alternative number ie an ordinary landline number, which I can assure you is part of your monthly flat charge and you won't be charged extra.
One would have thought that 1890 would be part of "any network" but it would appear to be apart of "some other network".
Thankfully its over, it will be remembered by those who suffered watching it as the worst business programme ever screened. When I originally blogged in October I felt that perhaps they would improve they did'nt they actually got worse, Di Stewart take a bow, its rare that something so bad could be made worse but you pulled it off with aplomb.
The format for last nights show was a quick review of the invention and the inventor would give a 30 second pitch to convince the watching public to vote for them. A 30 second pitch the same time you have to make a word from 9 letters on C4's "Countdown". Like most of the inventions the pitches were rubbish, unprofessional and perfect for car crash TV.
To be a little nice I will list the finalists and the inventions as it will be the last time anybody will refer to them or their inventions. The list is in no particular order as I could'nt be arsed remembering them as they appeared on the show.
1 Ian Davies inventor of Bandi ( a paper thing that helps people to pull plugs from sockets, you will still need to use your hands).
2 John Watling inventor of Kattnapper (fold away cat box, unfortunately not big enough to hold a badger).
3 Andrew Hubert von Staufer inventor of Skirider ( I liked this, has potentional, and the inventors name sounds like an inventor's name, but I still think I saw something similar on BBC's "Dragons Den").
4 Julian Peck inventor of Cyclaire ( bicycle pump, I thought we had these already).
5 Des Morley inventor of Flexirest ( flexible extention for your cue, I did see a homemade sign in the audience saying "Flexi is Sexi", so it may have other uses)
6 Phil Green inventor of Plaster Socket Template ( what can I say, very useful for electricians who are blind)
7 Paul Sheedy inventor of Spinning Straw ( this was the wildcard entry and he could'nt win the second time around, wonder if he regrets selling his house).
The Winner was the bicycle pump, Â£100,000 for inventing a bicycle pump, well done, then again what would you expect when the success or otherwise depended initially on a studio audience and for the finale, a phone in. Richard Bacon did say that it would take five minutes to count the votes, not quiet X- Factor interest. Vodafone will also provide free mobile communications for a year for the winner, I have a feeling that vodafone wo'nt need to make any special provisions on its accounts for this potential liability.
In addition to the main prize there was a Â£5000 or a 5% share of future profits for a member of the audience if they predicted the correct outcome. A lad by the name of Kevin won this, here is my advice to Kevin take the money and run quickly you will never make Â£5k as easy.
As Christmas is coming I have asked Santa to ensure that there is not a repeat of this programme next year.
As for the mentors, well I can only assume that Craig Johnston and Karan Bilimoria will contacting their legal people to ensure that all traces of this programme are destroyed, and I dare say finding the agent that sold them the idea and suing said same agent for attempted character assassination.
Ruth Badger will be running around the place punching the air with glee with all the exposure she has recieved.
Word to the wise Ruth try talking as opposed to shouting,and stop pointing at people, its rude,and its particularily rude when its done as if you are standing in a football ground on a Saturday afternoon, clients usually expect professionalism when they employ consultants.Finally go easy on the red wine as the "splash proof keyboard" is'nt in production yet.
Finally Dick Strawbridge just go away.