Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has used its powers to order that Britain’s five mobile operators cut the cost of mobile calls routed through their networks.
3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone, will all have to cut their rates by as much as 45 per cent.
It will apply to both 2G and 3G networks. 3 will have its charges forcibly reduced by 45% to 5.9 pence per minute, whilst Orange are likely to have to cut prices by around 20%, with Vodafone and O2 reducing costs by about 10%, to 5.1 pence per minute.
The ruling, which comes in at the end of March, covers the next four years and should ensure that consumers who call other networks from their mobile phones will face significantly cheaper bills.
Ofcom said that the “charge controls remain necessary to protect consumers from unduly high prices”.