3/24/2006

EU Leaders Call for Lower Roaming Charges

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:49 pm

European Union leaders called Friday for mobile phone companies to reduce or eliminate fees for travelers who want to ring home from abroad, saying some of the so-called roaming charges are excessive.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said he has persuaded two Irish mobile phone companies to stop charging customers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after border residents complained they had to pay up when their phone signal picked up a foreign network even though they hadn’t left home.

He said the rest of Europe should follow Ireland’s example.

“Roaming charges are not necessary,” Ahern told reporters. “They are excessively costly.”

Source: AP

 

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