KPN presses ahead with internet service extra fee plans

Telecoms company KPN is pressing ahead with preparing new subscriptions which include extra fees for mobile internet services such as Skype, Nos television reports.

On Wednesday, economic affairs minister Maxime Verhagen said he would amend the telecom law to prevent companies levying extra charges for applications such as Skype and text message service WhatsApp.
The company told Nos it would monitor events in The Hague but would not put its own plans on ice. The new fee structure is due to be introduced after the summer.
KPN has almost half the Dutch mobile phone market but said earlier this year it planned to introduce the fees because of loss of income on mobile telephony and text messages as subscribers switch to free services.
According to Dow Jones newswire, Vodafone already charges an extra fee if customers want to use Skype on smartphones, T-Mobile bans the use of Skype and WhatsApp in its terms and conditions.

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