Saturday, 19 August 2017
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alticeLogoMEO's may have been bought by the billionaire businessman Patrick Drahi, but the company is still up to its old tricks, as witnesses in an August promotional campaign that is totally illegal.

MEO is offering Internet capacity for free to customers during August, but obliges them to pay for the service after that date if they do not phone a special number hidden at the end of an unsolicited SMS message.

According to Ana Sofia Ferreira, from the consumer protection association DECO, dozens of complaints already have been received about the SMS message that MEO is sending out to customers to announce that it has given them "two Gigabytes (2GB) of internet until August 31st and that after that date customers can keep this extra internet level for just €3.98 per month."

At the end of the SMS message, MEO states that if the customer "prefers not to benefit from these advantages" they should call "free to 800200023."

According to DECO, this is totally illegal as it is not up to customers to cancel an unsolicited service.

Ana Sofia Ferreira explained that the law clearly prohibits operators from charging for any unsolicited service, that the absence of a consumer response does not count as consent, and MEO can not, from August 31st, charge €3.98 for a service that customers have not asked for.

DECO already has sent a complaint to the telecommunications regulator, ANACOM, and wants MEO to be fined and to stop its August promotion immediately.

MEO customers who have tried to cancel the service by phoning the special number have been thwarted by an automated answering service that issues confusing instructions as to cancellation procedures, leaving customers unsure as whether they had been successful or not.

The MEO brand is disappearing next year as Altice scraps both MEO and PT, branding both, ‘Altice’ which at least has no associated image problems - yet.

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-1 #5 BobP 2017-08-15 16:38
It's about time the government dealt with PT severely. Fines of multi-millions and imprisonment for directors to start with..
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+1 #4 Ed 2017-08-13 17:54
Quoting Richard m:
Don't forget the subsidised solar panel scheme a few years back, when the government would give you a "substantial" discount on certain solar panels for domestic hot water.

Sadly, all of the panels could be purchased and installed cheaper than the "subsidised" price on the open market. In the words of Private Eye, Trebles all round chaps.


"Shome mishtake, shurely?" Ed
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+2 #3 Richard m 2017-08-13 17:36
Don't forget the subsidised solar panel scheme a few years back, when the government would give you a "substantial" discount on certain solar panels for domestic hot water.

Sadly, all of the panels could be purchased and installed cheaper than the "subsidised" price on the open market. In the words of Private Eye, Trebles all round chaps.
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-1 #2 Ed 2017-08-13 16:24
Quoting Dennis.P:

C'mon guys - forget the media blackout and write in with your own examples of the Portuguese oligarchs and their weird idea of special offers!


No media blackout here, Dennis!
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+2 #1 Dennis.P 2017-08-13 16:14
Totally illegal, dishonest and plain crazy are the 3 categories to fit all the monopoly PT Government adverts into.

Who can forget the TAP flight discounts of a couple of years ago that actually cost potential customers substantially more to fly? One we had experience of last year was another spoof MEO internet mobile special offer of 15GB extra a month for free. Except it was impossible to claim ! Absolutely nothing we could do got us this extra 15gb! C'mon guys - forget the media blackout and write in with your own examples of the Portuguese oligarchs and their weird idea of special offers!
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