After 2 wraps in 3 months ...
BT/... should be obliged to have all adverts for the next year approved by the ASA before they run - paying a fee for this.
Attempts to pull the wool should then quickly stop.
The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has put O2 on the naughty step after it deemed two of its print adverts for the iPad and Surface Pro tablets misled customers about the overall cost. The first ad to earn the watchdog's ire said: "Chill out with the amazing iPad for less than £9 a month. For the first 3 months." The …
So basically the punishment for the ad campaign is "don't run the ad campaign again". Presumably it was already complete. So no harm to O2.
If the ASA genuinely believe people signed up not realising the price hike was there, then force O2 to honour the original charge through the length of the contract.
Having said that, I don't believe many people will have fallen for it. And how on earth do these "build the delorean" collectible magazines work then? "First issue only £1.99!" (small print on screen, 250 issues, regular price £9.99...)
"So basically the punishment for the ad campaign is "don't run the ad campaign again". Presumably it was already complete. So no harm to O2.
If the ASA genuinely believe people signed up not realising the price hike was there, then force O2 to honour the original charge through the length of the contract."
The problem is that the ASA not only has zero authority to actually do anything, it also has zero intention of doing anything even if it could. It's not a government enforcement agency, it's an industry body set up voluntarily so they could avoid having any actual regulation. Everyone involved agrees to accept the occasional slap on the wrist, just enough to keep the law from getting involved, but on the understanding that they won't ever suffer actual penalties. So the toothless ASA say "You've been very naughty, don't run those adverts that finished months ago again", and the advertisers respond with "Oh dear, what a terrible mistake we've made, we certainly won't say that exact sentence word for word again. What a good job we're all very good and there's no need to get the government or law enforcement involved here. Wink wink.".
So there's no point worrying about what the ASA should do if there really was a problem with an advert. The ASA is just a smokescreen with no intention or authority to do anything. If you have a problem with misleading adverts, you need to demand the government actually steps in and creates a real regulator.
Mobile phones were a thing, telcos have always made the facts of what you may pay and what you are actually getting for your money, as cloudy as possible.
The telcos sales methods have always seemed to be on par with the old door knocking vacuum cleaner salesmen who would never tell a housewife the actual price if they could help it, only the monthly (or weekly in those days) payment.
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