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Mobile users should not be locked into contracts, say critics

Which? calls for mobile phone handsets to be unlocked automatically at end of contract

The consumer group Which? is calling on mobile providers to automatically unlock phones at the end of contracts and to sell them unlocked to pay-as-you-go users.

Derek Pain: A more demanding stock market has led to some surprises

Has the stock market taken a dislike to the no pain, no gain portfolio? The depressing way that perfectly reasonable results by some constituents have been greeted must at least raise the possibility that the City has become even more demanding.

Bargain Hunter: Scoot down to Smyths Toys - it's all to play for this weekend

To celebrate the bank holiday, Smyths Toys Superstores is offering a 10 per cent discount on the latest marked price of its entire range of toys – for this weekend only. The offer is valid on all toys, trampolines, swings, bikes, scooters, pushchairs, and more.

Mark Dampier: Follow the fund manager who's ready to seize his opportunities

A common complaint from advocates of passive investing is that it is impossible to identify great active fund managers at the beginning of their career. This is a perfectly reasonable criticism and one I agree with. Wait a few years though and it is possible to start picking winners.

Questions of Cash: Its a dongle out there: the Vodafone charges and the phantom device

Q | I upgraded my mobile phone in January to an HTC One model and took out a new Vodafone contract. When I received my February bill, I was shocked that it was £66. When I looked closely, I noticed a charge of £6.37 plus VAT for a phone number that I did not recognise. Looking back over my account, I found that I had been paying for this number – at the lesser rate of £4.72 plus VAT – as far back as the bills I could access on the internet went.

Money Insider: Credit card firms fight for your custom

In a week where the British Bankers Association reported that credit card borrowing is growing at its fastest rate in five years, card providers are tripping over themselves with new deals as they try to lure in new customers.

Donald MacInnes: Why are we getting in a froth over Brooklyn Beckham's coffee job?

I'm fairly sure the Daily Mail has its "best people" on the job as we speak. In fact, it being a Saturday, they are probably, at this very moment, crawling through hedges all over west London; hiding in wheelie bins, sniffing the air, questioning the locals and generally doing their frantic best to hunt down the location of Brooklyn Beckham's coffee shop. Gosh, what a holy show over one teenage lad's Saturday job. Although I do wonder how much longer the enormo-quiffed 15-year-old will be able to sling flat whites to an uncaring public without the address of his place of work being compromised and thus then besieged by a panting crowd with anything but Kenco on its mind.

Derek Pain: A tale of shale and ale as Alkane and Marston's take centre stage

Two contrasting members of the No Pain, No Gain portfolio have made stock market ripples in the past week or so – one a longstanding constituent, the other a relative newcomer. Marston's, the long- established brewer, arrived in August five years ago; Alkane Energy, incorporated for only 20 years, was recruited last summer.

Could we learn to love our banks?

For all the complaints received by the Ombudsman, says Neasa MacErlean, an industry may be learning its lesson

Bargain Hunter: Scoot down to Smyths Toys - it's all to play for this weekend

To celebrate the bank holiday, Smyths Toys Superstores is offering a 10 per cent discount on the latest marked price of its entire range of toys – for this weekend only. The offer is valid on all toys, trampolines, swings, bikes, scooters, pushchairs, and more.

Mark Dampier: Follow the fund manager who's ready to seize his opportunities

A common complaint from advocates of passive investing is that it is impossible to identify great active fund managers at the beginning of their career. This is a perfectly reasonable criticism and one I agree with. Wait a few years though and it is possible to start picking winners.

Questions of Cash: Its a dongle out there: the Vodafone charges and the phantom device

Q | I upgraded my mobile phone in January to an HTC One model and took out a new Vodafone contract. When I received my February bill, I was shocked that it was £66. When I looked closely, I noticed a charge of £6.37 plus VAT for a phone number that I did not recognise. Looking back over my account, I found that I had been paying for this number – at the lesser rate of £4.72 plus VAT – as far back as the bills I could access on the internet went.

Money Insider: Credit card firms fight for your custom

In a week where the British Bankers Association reported that credit card borrowing is growing at its fastest rate in five years, card providers are tripping over themselves with new deals as they try to lure in new customers.

Donald MacInnes: Why are we getting in a froth over Brooklyn Beckham's coffee job?

I'm fairly sure the Daily Mail has its "best people" on the job as we speak. In fact, it being a Saturday, they are probably, at this very moment, crawling through hedges all over west London; hiding in wheelie bins, sniffing the air, questioning the locals and generally doing their frantic best to hunt down the location of Brooklyn Beckham's coffee shop. Gosh, what a holy show over one teenage lad's Saturday job. Although I do wonder how much longer the enormo-quiffed 15-year-old will be able to sling flat whites to an uncaring public without the address of his place of work being compromised and thus then besieged by a panting crowd with anything but Kenco on its mind.

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