Black hole of cellphone accounts
After a friend had his cellphone stolen and was left with a $1000 bill, Dave thought it worth checking the credit limit on his Vodafone account ...
Hello. Can you tell me the credit limit on my account please?
There isn't one.
Why not? There used to be a credit limit so that if the phone was stolen I wouldn't get a huge bill ...
It was removed at the beginning of this year.
Because you met the criteria.
And you did this without even telling me?
I don't know.
Well, could you please reinstate the limit?
I'll refer your request, but they don't usually do it.
Dave thinks Vodafone is on to a nice little earner: remove everyone's credit limit without letting them know, wait until their phone gets stolen and then hold them liable for all call charges!
Shedding energy-efficient light
Stuart Ross of the Electricity Commission reckons there's still confusion around choosing the right energy-efficient bulb. He says: "A 20W CFL is designed to replace a 100W incandescent bulb, so the 14W CFL used by your reader from Remuera is only providing a level of light of a 75W incandescent. Independent research by Consumer NZ found that good-quality CFLs last well and provide up to 40 per cent more light than incandescent bulbs. A single 100W incandescent bulb used for three hours a day costs $25 a year to run, compared with just $5 for a 20W CFL."
Quick to the toil
Last Friday, 10.30am, Tamaki Drive: "To the young man from Ward Demolition who parked his truck on the footpath, jumped out with his shovel and high-vis jacket on, stopped traffic, then began clearing debris being blown over the road from the high seas and winds: Good on you, mate!"
: This poor cat has had four legs amputated (yes, four) and the media circus is there to tell her story ...
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