10/23/2008 11:39:00 AM
3: we’re watching box-breaking scam
3 is carefully monitoring targeted abuse by box breakers after it launched a promotion offering £10 of airtime credit to any prepay customers porting onto its network.
The offer has been identified by professional box breakers who are using unwanted Sims from the fruits of box breaking on other networks, and switching to 3 to take advantage of the extra £10 credit offered.
Box breakers then use the credit on 3, as well as credit from the original network, to burn off the value on their own premium rate numbers, paying them back around 70% of the credit value.
Operators try to insist on mandatory top-up payments in a bid to deter the practice of box breaking.