You could be forgiven for cheering draft regulations issued by Icasa this week. The telecommunications regulator issued a detailed set of rules for how mobile network operators will be required to carry over data bundles, and deal with out-of-bundle charges. For the first time, the operators will be barred from "expiring" data for a specified period. Until now, unused data bought as part of a bundle has expired at the end of the month of its validity. In some cases, the unused portion could be carried over for a month, but rarely for longer. And nothing stopped the operators from moving customers to out-of-bundle rates, which are prohibitively expensive. Now, Icasa plans to make the practice illegal, requiring customers to be warned when either data or airtime use has reached half, three-quarters, 90% and 100% of the allocated bundle. Thereafter, they may not move a user into out-of-bundle data without their express opt-in. The regulations make a good start, but only if the intentio...

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