December 8, 2009
Regarding ‘Lower phone tariffs kick in across EU‘:
Congratulations to the European Commission for forcing mobile phone companies to reduce roaming charges within the EU, but what about the rest of the world?
Last week I was in India, where local mobile companies charge Indian consumers about 1 paise per second = ~1.5 rupees/minute = ~€0.02/minute.
My mobile company (T-Mobile) charges me £1.50 per minute both to make and receive calls.
How can this be justified? Are they trying to compensate for what they see as reduced roaming income in the EU by loading it onto international roaming?
I know that the the European Commission can only regulate on what happens within Europe, but these providers are based in Europe – can the Commission do anything to control how they behave abroad?
Peter WittnerAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor