Dongle users face stiff penalties 软件狗用户面临严厉惩罚
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Mobile broadband users face stiff penalties for exceeding their download limits even though most aren't aware of what those limits are.


More people are using mobile broadband
More people are using mobile broadband

A survey conducted by price comparison website Moneysupermarket found that three in four mobile broadband users risk such charges.

It found that over half did not know what their limit was, with a further 24% not even realising they had any.

O2 charges £200 for every extra gigabyte used and 3 charges over £100.

By contrast, Vodafone charges £15 per extra gigabyte with Virgin1 and Orange offering a £14.95 penalty.

Only T-Mobile has no charge and will advise heavy downloaders to change tariff2(关税).


Mobile broadband, in which users plug a so-called dongle(软件狗) into their laptop or computer, is becoming more popular.

"Dongle users are most at risk of incurring4(招致) charges from exceeding download allowances as limits on dongles tend to be much lower than fixed-line packages," said James Parker, manager of mobiles and broadband at Moneysupermarket.

Someone with a three gigabyte limit would be able to do a few hours of surfing per week, download three music tracks per week, watch two hours of video on YouTube or iPlayer, download one film and spend a few hours on Skype.

"You'd only need to double that usage to find yourself with a £600 bill from O2," said Mr Parker.

In its defence, O2 said that the high penalty was "used as a deterrent(挽留的事物,妨碍物) and to make sure that others using the network had a good experience".

"Very few of our customers go over their limits," said a spokesman.

"We text them when they are at 50% of the usage, and again at 90% and again if they go over. We keep them well-informed and people understand our pricing structure," he added.


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2 tariff mqwwG     
  • There is a very high tariff on jewelry.宝石类的关税率很高。
  • The government is going to lower the tariff on importing cars.政府打算降低进口汽车的关税。
3 deterrent OmJzY     
  • Large fines act as a deterrent to motorists.高额罚款是对开车的人的制约。
  • I put a net over my strawberries as a deterrent to the birds.我在草莓上罩了网,免得鸟歇上去。
4 incurring ccc47e576f1ce5fe49a4f373b49987ba     
遭受,招致,引起( incur的现在分词 )
  • Many of the world's farmers are also incurring economic deficits. 世界上许多农民还在遭受经济上的亏损。
  • He spoke to the Don directly, taking a chance on incurring Michael's ill will. 他直接向老头子谈自己的意见,这显然要冒引起迈克尔反感的风险。 来自教父部分
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