EU to crack down on roaming costs

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Mobile users could pay less for making and receiving calls overseas under proposals put forward by the EU to crack down on "unjustified" high charges for using mobile phones abroad.

EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding is behind the move, which could lead to call costs coming down to levels close to prices charged for domestic calls between different mobile networks. The proposed legislation will require the approval of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

The moves will obviously be opposed by network operators, with roaming income said to account for 8% to 15% of operators’ revenues. The companies claim they have already acted to keep prices down, but additional costs involved in delivering calls through foreign networks mean higher prices to the consumer.

It all sounds like the two sides squaring for a fight. We’ll keep you posted.

Via The BBC

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Dave Walker