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Talk is cheap - well, cheaper than it was in EU

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Talk is cheap - well, cheaper than it was in EU


The latest comparison website shows which mobile phone operators in the EU’s 27 states are complying with a new European law which restricts the amount they can charge customers for using their phones abroad. Two days after the deadline for applying the new tariffs, the European Commission says almost 50 per cent of mobile phone users are already benefiting from substantially reduced charges for making or receiving calls through foreign operators. Commission spokesman, Martin Selmayr said: “If you get charged more than what is in the regulation, it’s illegal. You can ask for your money back, you can ask for sanctions. Every national regulator is in addition entitled in the EU roaming regulation to impose dissuasive and effective sanctions on mobile operators that could be fined if this is necessary. I think that it is not a recommendation, this not a guideline, this is the law.” The website shows that most operators are abiding by the maximum of 49 eurocents a minute for calls made, and no more than 24 per minute for incoming calls. But many are offering customers even more savings. The Commission is evaluating the success of the law, and it could form the basis for similar legislation on texts, pictures messages and data transfer, which are not currently covered.

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