Cats vs Selfies.

Here at Three Towers, we’ve always been advocates of the humble ‘Selfie’. It’s the perfect example of how people use the internet on their phones and tablets in this day and age, owing more than a nod to our current sharing culture.

But you might be surprised to learn that the British public actually shares more than four times as many online photos, videos and memes of cats than they do selfies. I kid you not. That’s more than 3.8 million cats a day versus 1.4 million selfies a day. Quite a difference! We commissioned some research in to online sharing behaviours and this was just one of the surprising things we found.

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Helping the regulator keep us all honest.

Which?, Three, TalkTalk and Consumer Futures want the government to help strong consumer regulation.

Ofcom, the regulator that oversees UK communications companies, often finds its plans to make things simpler and easier for consumers frustrated by big companies’ lawyers challenging its decisions. We want our watchdog to have the ability to make strong decisions in favour of consumers and fair competition, without having its plans derailed by companies that don’t want change.

So we are asking the government to update the rules to make it harder for reforms to be blocked on technical details, so that the focus is on the right outcome for consumers.

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Our position on Ofcom’s announcement about mid-contract price rises.

As some of you may have heard, Ofcom announced new guidance on mid-contract price rises.  We’ve noticed quite a lot of chatter about this in social media so we wanted to update our customers on what this means for them as well as to congratulate Ofcom on a decision which we feel is in the consumers’ best interests.

Ofcom’s decision gives UK mobile customers greater protection from unexpected mid-contract price rises. In short, the ruling means that consumers will be allowed to exit a contract early (without penalty) if the fixed monthly price is hiked mid-way through that contract.

If you are looking for more detail about the ruling you can find a great summary of the Ofcom announcement and what it means for you on the uSwitch website.

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The Knitwear Before Christmas Competition – In partnership with VisitScotland and Promote Shetland.

Christmas will soon be upon us and to celebrate, people across the land are cracking out their Christmas jumpers; including our very own plucky little pony Socks. To give you even more reasons to celebrate we’ll also be giving away some fabulous prizes with our Knitwear Before Christmas competition.

We love a Christmas jumper and we think there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit. So whether it’s got sparkly reindeers, bobbly snowmen or fuzzy Santas – we’re giving you the chance to win prizes by sharing a selfie of your wondrous winter woolies with #KnitwearBeforeXmas, a Twitter competition in partnership with the very generous folk at VisitScotland and Promote Shetland.

To enter simply tweet us a selfie of you in your niftiest festive knitwear using the hashtag #KnitwearBeforeXmas from 10am on Monday 16th December and you could be in with a chance of winning a 4 day expenses paid trip to Shetland for you (and a friend) to meet everyone’s favourite moonwalking pony Socks, courtesy of our friends at Promote Shetland.

With more than 100 islands, fascinating wildlife, world-renowned archaeology, a flourishing artistic and cultural scene and beautiful gardens there will be plenty to see, do and experience in Shetland. We’ll also throw in a lovely 4G-Ready LG G2 smartphone and fabulous Fair Isle jumper for our winning selfie. Phwoar!

And that’s not all. We’ll also be giving away 10 runners up prizes of a Fair Isle jumper featuring our very own pug and pony. So get involved and good luck!

P.S. You can find the link to the full Knitwear Before Christmas competition Terms & Conditions by clicking the link.

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Beyond the Bucket: Charitable Giving in a Mobile Age.

We’ve really enjoyed partnering up with Movember this year and will be very sad to see the back of all those spectacular Mo’s *sniff*. With only a few days left to grow that Mo and raise money and awareness for men’s health, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the way charities have changed over the years. Particularly with the advent of the internet and social media.

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