Cheap phone deals illegal, says French highest appeal courtStaff Writer | March 29, 2018
Phone users may no longer get a cheap phone if they sign a long-term contract as the highest appeal court, the Cour de cassation, says this is a disguised easy-credit facility which, by law, forces firms to carry out credit checks and tell clients of hidden costs.
Communications The judgment could void many contracts
Free says the judgment could void many contracts, letting users change operator in what it sees as a market of 17million people.
SFR would not comment, saying the case was not yet complete but added that it concerned an old forfait from 2011, which had very few users today.
However, there are far fewer subsidised phone deals offered today – down from 100% of the market in 2011 to 33% in 2016. ■