IT News Online describe how BT and Interpay have silently altered the software in retailers POS-terminals to ensure that they always dial-up to local phone numbers when transmitting POS-payment data. This is a nice cost-saver on top of the already lowered fees due the agreement with banks.
And... nicely timed as well. In the Netherlands we have a local custom called Sinterklaas. A kind of Santa Claus that provides gifts. Well, this is what one would call a good Sinterklaas gift. So if any retailer would still complain about banks and/or POS-fees, I'm pretty sure that Black Piet will take them off to Spain next year.