The Great iCloud scam?!

thehomer doh!

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Original poster
Jun 29, 2010
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Sheffield, England
Just been notified by O2 (in UK) that from February next year wifi connections to icloud WILL NOT be covered on my phone plan!
As I am on mobile me, I was going to transfer over to icloud before 'the lights are switched off'. From O2's text it looks like I will be charged for all icloud wifi access which, todate, has been included (free?) in my network plan.
With emails, diary, appointments, calendars etc. automatically using the public wifi networks when I am out and about, I dread to think the cost of such an 'improvement' in user experience :mad:
 

Gav2k

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What plan are you on??
 

rdowns

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Jul 11, 2003
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Sounds like you've misunderstood the text. A carrier can't bill you when you're not on their network. How the hell would they know what wifi network you join?
 

macgrl

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Jul 17, 2008
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How can o2 bill you if you aren't using their wifi network? do you mean that they will charge for using icloud over their 3g network even if that is within you data allowence?

How did they inform you - do you have the information to share?
 

thehomer doh!

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Original poster
Jun 29, 2010
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Sheffield, England
I am on O2 simplicity 600 plan.
I was notified by text from O2:

'O2: Just to let you know, from 1 February 2012 The Cloud wifi won't be part of your unlimited wifi anymore. You can still use BT Openzone as usual. And now, O2 Wifi. Go to o2.co.uk/wifichanges to find out more. To stop SMS, text STOP to 81145.'

I can't figure out how it will work?
 

Macman45

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Jul 29, 2011
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Had The Same Message

This morning...From February O2 will charge for Cloud services. It's made my mind up about staying with them (I won't now) since I own my phones anyway, I will be going with another provider (Unless they all start charging extra)

The downside is that about half of my regular calls are to friends who are also with O2.

Guess I will have to weigh up the pros and cons of this, but my contract ends at the end of December.

Anybody have any recommendations here in the UK? Tesco have some ridiculously cheap plans, but the rep is poor. Such a hassle changing, but I'll do it on principal if other carriers continue to include the Cloud in their packages.
 

wackymacky

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Sep 20, 2007
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This message has nothing to do with Apple or Apples service iCloud.

It is about O2 using The Cloud, which is a BSkyB WiFi network in Europe that a lot of Tecos use to provide data exchange. I interpirt this s O2 is opting out from this service.
 
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