Hold on a second...
O2 own half of Tesco Mobile?
I thought Tesco were an MVNO piggybacking t-Mobile?
Sainsbury's, the “Premium Economy of supermarkets”, has launched a branded mobile virtual network operator service with Vodafone, offering the usual cross-branding and shelf space – and, of course, Nectar points. The service will launch in a month or two, so we don't have critical factors like pricing or a detailed breakdown …
Except "cross network roaming" is one of the differentiating factors between the "EE" networks and the "Cornerstone" networks.
Oh, and O2/VF don't exactly rent a network from CTIL, as much as install their own equipment on a CTIL-built tower.
But it is Tesco. Do you really want to hand even more information about yourself to them than they already get from your ClubCard?
As someone who only uses Tesco for shopping as a last resort, I tried to get one their sim-only deals a while ago. Because I didn't have a ClubCard it became like watching paint dry, painful. In the end I gave up.
I'll also pass on the Sainsbury's deal as well. I really don't want all these stores to find out more about me than they already know. I know that my Luddism does cost me a few ££££ but frankly, I think it is worth it.
Anon because you never know who is listening in.
I'm with the OP here.
Did you see the article about the MOTO Phone that send whole rafts of personal data back to Moto?
I wouldn't put it past ANY supermarket to hide an app on your phone that collectes what they call 'essential' customer data.
Then there is the GPS and Targetted ads when you are in the store.
Beep. "Did you know that Tesco Baked Beans are on special offer in Aisle 23?"
Beep. "You bought xxx brand condoms last time you shopped here. Why not try the Tesco 'De-Luxe' brand this time for greater sensitivity."
If he does, will this mean that when you phone up the Sainsbury's Mobile pay as you go Top-Up line you'll be greeted with...
"allo me old mockney sparrahw , big up for calling the Sainsbury's top up line! Spend a monkey on top ups this month and we'll give you a pukka helping of web access for free and a couple of scores of free texts!...."
I can't comment on what the network's like outside of London but inside you make as well use smoke signals to shift data, Vodafone just crap out constantly, your phone says GPRS but you screen just hangs....
Whilst I despise the life out of Tesco at least they use O2 who seem to have a network that actually allows data backwards and forwards (except when it falls over, obviously).
" Do you ahve your Fucking Nectar card" everytime it rings or receives a message. Hell, there will even be screensaver asking for your Nectar card!
I feel sorry for the workers in these stores, who will soon all need psychiatrist help in getting the words "Nectar points/card" out of their heads. They must be saying that in their sleep and to their children dropping off to school and also their partners, when making love.
Seriously, there should be a law against these brainwashing techniques adopted by Sainsbury in having their staff repeating "Nectar" everytime a customer comes by.
Repetitive strain (mental) injury claims should fly by now.
As a user of one of their credit cards I am regularly asked by them if I would like house insurance with them too. What ever clever things they do with all the data it doesn't include checking if I'm already have house insurance with them....
I'm assuming data protection between different companies running all this shebang for Tesco stops them from being able to do reasonable cross product analysis.
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