Eva Marie Gibney reports that Vodafone intend to disconnect pre-paid mobiles users who don’t top up within 8 months. Their numbers will be lost if there is no reactivation within 6 months. The phone company’s intention is to recycle old numbers. Vodafone claim that the regulator obliges them to recycle inactive phone numbers. They claim that the overwhelming majority of those who do not top up in that time become inactive. They say that the phone will still receive incoming calls until the 8th month when they will then be cut off. This is a form of larceny by the phone company.

A person could put €100 into the phone and then lose it if the phone is not topped up again in the set period. Maybe a boycott might be just the number. Be warned!