The charges mobile phone companies including 3, Orange and T-Mobile charge for connecting calls from landlines and other mobile providers to their networks will be curbed under new Ofcom rules.
The telecoms regulator is slashing 3's network charges by 45 per cent, Orange and T-Mobile charges by 20 per cent and 02 charges by ten per cent.
3 will now be able to charge just 5.9 pence per minute on incoming calls, while Vodafone, 02, Orange and T-Mobile will ask 5.1 pence per minute on average.
Ofcom expects an average annual reduction in the cost of wholesale charges across all networks of between £400 million and £500 million.
But some reductions will take longer than others to filter through – although implementation of the new pricing regime begins on April 1st, the targeted completion date is 2011.
The charges are lower than those Ofcom proposed in September, which were criticised for being too high by the European Commission and landline providers BT and Cable & Wireless, whose customers suffer from the high charges mobile companies exact for dialling into mobile networks.To read more about home phones, click here.
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