Friday, August 26, 2011
I have always banged on about how uncompetitive shops are in France and how, frankly, the good folks of France pay way over the odds for all kinds of simple things.
As an example of how competitive things are in England, this is interesting.
I decided to unlock one of the myriad of obsolete phones we have in the house and use a cheap call company like Lebara to make calls at an upcoming wedding in France.
So off I popped to the market because I'd noticed a stall that sold phone accessories (nothing new there then) that would unlock phones as well. Mr Unlocker took one look and with the usual sucking in of air through the teeth told me that the phone was too old and he didn't have the software to do it.
Deflated but not beaten I approached the phone shop on the high street and asked them if they could unlock it.
'Sorry guv,' said the manager, 'can't do it, not allowed to, but I can sell you a brand new, unlocked phone with £10 of credit loaded for £20.'
WTF, I was prepared to spend £20 to get the original phone unlocked.
What a bargain.