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Life with Vodafone will be 'simplified' and bills doubled

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Vodafone UK announced on its website that it is switching from charging per second to charging per minute. Simple math shows that for some customers bills could increase by 92%.

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The Guardian calculated that a call lasting 62 seconds and currently costs 26p will, from August 1, 2013, will cost 50p. That is an increase of 92%.

Vodafone announced that UK landlines (starting 01,02,03) and mobiles, Channel Islands and Isle of Man mobile and landline calls, international landline and mobile calls, and voicemail will all be charged by the minute.

"So if your call is a minute and 37 seconds long, it’ll be charged as two minutes. That way, you’ll always know exactly how many minutes you have left," states the company on its website.

Vodafone reported an operating profit of 12 billion pounds on May 21, 2013 and on June 24 it has offered 7.7 billion euros for Kabel Deutschland. Still, the company said calls "will be rounded up to the minute."

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