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Apps and ringtones bring mobile woe for parents

Tesco Mobile's new spokesperson may often field calls from teenage boys
Tesco Mobile's new spokesperson may often field calls from teenage boys

A new report from Tesco Mobile has found that almost half of all parents are paying their teenagers' mobile bills, and the cost is rising.

The proliferation of downloadable applications, ringtones and text voting is adding the price, and apparently it's causing angst.

Teenager tantrums are one of the main reasons parents feel compelled to pay the bills, with a third of respondents also stating that they were struggling to foot the cost.

Costly business

Overall, the report is stating that parents paid nearly £400 million in phone bills for their offspring in the last year.

And in a massive stroke of luck, Tesco is pushing its 'Cap Your Mobile Spend' at the very same time this is announced, which is says is a way for parents to avoid 'bail out banking'.

Phew - that was lucky, wasn't it?

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.