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Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« on: March 29, 2012, 16:46 »
Analysts say mobile companies have paid the price for years of excessive data charges after the European Parliament pushed ahead with plans to cap roaming costs at €0.20 per MB by 2014.

The price of data while on business or holiday has led to outrageous bill-shock for people using smartphones outside their home country, with some UK operators charging up to £4 per MB.

The caps, first mooted last month, are the first limits on what phone carriers can charge in Europe and are seen as a reaction to the operators' reluctance to act in the interest of their customers. Charges will be capped at €0.70 per MB, falling to €0.20 by 2014.

Analysts say the networks have pushed the patience of the European authorities too far. “On the other side of the debate, operators have long been entrenched in the mindset that roaming is a premium service and should be charged accordingly – at a premium to home rates,” said Paul Lambert, an analyst with Informa Telecoms and Media, in a blog post.

“While they have long enjoyed significant revenues from this position, persistent noises from the European Parliament and Council, along with a willingness to act on them, should have made it clear to them that they could only enjoy this position for so long.”

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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 17:06 »
Watch the prices go up elsewhere.
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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 17:42 »
Bound to.  ::)
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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 17:43 »
Talking of which, petrol prices round here have gone up today, and the garages have run dry. I wonder what the Govt ploy is about - another miners' strike?
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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 17:51 »
We've had moderate queues, but no price increases yet.  Hopefully, the local garages will have learned from one that increased it's prices by 10p a litre during the last shortage, but went out of business soon after, as people stopped using them, not liking being ripped off.
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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 17:55 »
It's crazy, there isn't a strike date set yet, if one happens at all.
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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2012, 18:13 »
Indeed.  People are stupid.  The ones that panic buy force everyone else to do so, otherwise there will be no fuel left, thus creating a snowball effect, when there's no need for it.  These are the same people who sweep the supermarket shelves as soon as there's a snowflake in the air.
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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2012, 18:20 »
Odd, we usually sweep the drive...  :o:
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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2012, 19:15 »
We?  Or Sue?   :o: ;) ;D
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Re: Europe finally halts the roaming rip-off
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2012, 08:52 »
Sue. ;D
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2012, 12:55 »
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