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Unused 'free' minutes cost Brits £800m a year

Aren't we a lazy lot...

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My wife never uses up her mobile minutes. I know we can save £5 a month if she swaps to a cheaper contract - but have we done it? Of course not.

In common with 55 per cent of mobile phone users on monthly contracts who never use up their free minutes, we are paying too much.

The average too much is £62 a year. Add all those too muches and you get the untidy sum of £800m - divvied up by the cellos, because we are too lazy or too confused to swap tariffs.

These is the finding of a survey of 2,002 UK adults aged 18+, conducted by Opinium on behalf of the British price comparison site Top10.com.

So before you tie yourself into a two year contract for that fancy smartphone, check out your phone bills and make sure you don't over-pad your minutes.

Top10's research also reveals that 1.3m (8 per cent of people on monthly contracts) have to top up each month, typically by £10 a time, because they exceed their free minutes.

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