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article imageBritish Telecom introduces £1.50 charge for ‘paper bill’customers

By Alexander Baron     Apr 13, 2013 in Business
British Telecom is the UK's largest ISP. As of July 1, 2013, it will be introducing a £1.50 charge for costumers who elect to receive paper bills.
The price of an ordinary second class stamp in Britain is now 50p, quite a hike from the 1840 Penny Black (when there were 240 pennies in a pound), or even from 1980 when a first class stamp would have cost you 12p, but for the vast majority of us, the cost of "sending a letter" has actually dropped enormously over the past thirty and more years.
The reason for this is that almost the entire population now uses e-mail instead. If you are one of that ever dwindling band of people who don't own a computer, you can probably send the occasional letter free from your local library. And it appears that most of us do now send only the occasional letter; even much legal correspondence is now conducted by e-mail.
That being said, what about that £1.50 charge? Here is how it is being sold by the company.
Needless to say, not everyone sees it quite like that.
Should we be concerned? Probably the only real issue is security, but if you have an e-mail account anyway...Money aside, with over 6.4 million customers - personal and business - that is a lot of trees that need not be hacked down every month.
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