Is this really a problem?
Somehow the call needs to get to my phone to the local Plod so they can get the chance to sit on their arse and do nothing.
Vodaphone do it, but it could be any company. Whoever it is, the service works, it costs me more to phone my banks "free" telephone banking service.....
The numbers here don't seem to be any more inflated than anything else the Government gives out to its cronies on normal contracts (having seen how much one authority was paying 2E2 for a small SAN with little real support and you get the feeling that this country has the same levels of corruption as somewhere like Nigeria)
The Mail on Sunday would do better sending out freedom of information requests asking how many children under 12 in each council are suspected of being farmed off for arranged marriages outside the UK. Now that would be a story that would be worth the paper for them to print.