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Cuts to European roaming charges “a smokescreen”
23 February 2007
The minimal cuts introduced over the past year have been designed to hold off price-capping action from regulators, the lobbyists claim, and do not represent a real commitment to reducing customer expenditure.
BEUC described continued roaming fees from companies including Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange as “excessive”.
Vodafone has offered to cut European calls by UK customers to just 37.7 pence per minute by April – a substantial reduction from the original cost of 61 pence per minute.
But BEUC pointed out that the Passport offer would apply only if the call was made from a Vodafone network and is calling for a maximum cost of 22 pence on calls made by a given customer outside their home country.
But the GSM Association, which represents Europe-wide mobile phone networks, continues to resist regulatory price-capping to curb the upper limit of roaming charges.
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