At long last this disgraceful practice looks like being stopped. The idea that a company can automatically renew your contract without your knowledge or consent (other than some long-forgotten clause in the original contract) has always been sleazy and underhanded.
Ofcom has finally ruled against the practice, for existing contracts as well as for new ones.
Good news indeed, I have specialist insurance for my guitars which comes in at £380.00 a year. It's good cover, but I hardly ever play in public any more due to the duff leg, but they attempted to renew the whole policy without even writing or emailing me
I had a hassle getting it sorted, all I wanted was to remove the public liability clause (which is £80.00) got there in the end, but they didn't have the decency to ask.
Lets hope this will prevent this kind of thing in future.
I don't mind a contract continuing on a month by month basis after the initial period as I do with my ISP.
I object to lengthy contract periods being renewed for the same length again once the initial period is over. It's inevitable that you will want to terminate it at some time and then have a hefty fee to pay.
There is an argument for the initial contract period to recover the set up costs involved, but after that it's just an anti-competitive measure.