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EU parliament agrees lower mobile telephony rates

Thursday 10 May 2012

Plans to reduce mobile phone and internet rates and introduce a maximum rate within the European Union were accepted by the European parliament on Thursday, the NRC reports.

The new rates within and between EU countries, presented to the European parliament by digital affairs commissioner Neelie Kroes in 2011, mean the costs will go down from this July, with further reductions planned for the next two years.

The maximum prices mean a telephone call will cost at most 29 cents a minute, exclusive of value-added tax (btw). Text messaging will cost up to nine cents and internet 70 cents a megabyte.

From July 2014, European citizens will be able to keep their local net number if they take a contract with a provider in another EU country.

It is hoped greater competition between providers will keep the rates low.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I can think "dutch" now, lower rates = bigger prices for the units = bigger profit
..and btw ,i really want to see a real example of "competition" :)

By Rupert | 10 May 2012 2:48 PM

70 cent a megabyte is exorbitant.

it should be either 7 cent or 1 gigabyte?!?!?!

By dork | 10 May 2012 3:36 PM

I wonder if the communists in the EU parliament had anything to do with this?

Competition is how our societies became rich and what has made things affordable for the masses. Haven't we learned from the collapse of the USSR? The EUSSR should be stopped at all costs or Europe will turn into China as China is turning into what Europe once was.

By Phil | 11 May 2012 3:18 AM

@Rupert: I'd like to see the same thing. It only works in philosophy, not in application. Take the healthcare sector and the public transport sector for instance: "competition" has done NOTHING for the consumer in either of these cases. The competition argument is all theory and it completely fails in practice.

By Stupid | 11 May 2012 7:24 AM

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