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Named and shamed. Mobile phone companies told to cut prices.

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Named and shamed. Mobile phone companies told to cut prices.


Some of Europe’s mobile phone companies face being named and shamed this week if they refuse to cut their roaming charges. Brussels is on a mission to drive down the cost of making and receiving calls between European countries. As of Monday afternoon there were still problems reported with operators in Romania and Bulgaria, and possibly others in Cyprus, Belgium and France. Commission spokesman Martin Selmayr said: “We will put together, by the end of this week, a website which will include the names of all operators from EU countries saying whether they have offered the EU tarif and which kind of Euro tarif they have offered, indicating those directly at the ceiling or below, and those who haven’t done anything so far. Let’s hope there will not be too many.”

The new rules demand a maximum charge of 49 euro cents per minute to call another country, and 24 cents a minute to receive one. Over time that should fall to 43 cents and 19 cents respectively. Because tarifs vary so widely across Europe some countries may only see a small reduction. In others though, callers may enjoy a 70 percent cut in prices.

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