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July 23, 2008

EU gives mobile phone firms more time


by David Allen

It was not that long ago when the European Telecoms Commissioner, Viviane Reding was thumping her desk and demanding that the mobile phone industry get their collective houses in order and sort the question of data roaming charges out once and for all.

But with the mobile phone firms dragging their feet, in true European style, the commissioner has given the industry another few months to put things in order or rather to the standards that the EU want for the whole of Europe.

Data roaming is the key factor in this, everyone has heard about the huge bills that some people come home to when they return from travelling abroad and used the mobile broadband. It is the commissioner’s intention to see the cost of this drop to a £1 per megabyte, if this is at all possible.

There is no doubt that the mobile broadband providers will have something to say about that one!

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