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  • Inflated mobile prices prompt EU to legislate

    News | Competition 12-02-2009

    As the Bulgarian telecoms regulator drags its feet on bringing down mobile telephone rates, Brussels is preparing legislation that will require all national regulators to make mobile prices reflect costs better, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.

  • Commission caps SMS roaming price at 11 cents

    News | Digital & Media 24-09-2008

    The European Commission proceeded with its plans to regulate tariffs in the mobile telecoms yesterday (23 September), deciding to impose price caps on text messages sent while abroad, as well as a range of regulatory measures to cut the price of mobile services for consumers.

  • Consumer groups warn of iPhone ‘bill shocks’

    News | Digital & Media 01-09-2008

    As smartphones become more affordable and their use spreads across Europe, citizens surfing the Internet on their mobile handsets abroad are at increased risk of unexpected rocketing phone bills, warns European consumer organisation BEUC.

  • EU declares war on per-minute phone tariffs

    News | Digital & Media 29-08-2008

    The European Commission is considering imposing per-second tariffs for mobile phone calls across the EU in a bid to bring down costs for consumers and boost its popularity levels. As of 30 August, Brussels will also reduce the price ceiling imposed on roaming calls, while new caps on text messages are expected too.

  • EU clamps down on mobile ringtone scams

    News | Digital & Media 18-07-2008

    The Commission has warned it could take legal action against European websites selling mobile phone services such as ringtones and wallpapers after an investigation carried out in June revealed that the vast majority are in breach of EU rules and deliberately mislead their customers.

  • EU to cut cross-border SMS prices by 70%

    News | Digital & Media 15-07-2008

    Text messages sent abroad will cost around 70% less by summer 2009, according to plans EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding will outline today. But the move was labelled "populist" by mobile telecoms operators, EURACTIV has learned.

  • New deal brings EU mobile phone payments closer

    News | Euro & Finance 02-07-2008

    Using a mobile phone to make direct payments could become the norm in Europe following cooperation announced between the GSM Association (GSMA), which brings together the world's major mobile operators, and the European Payment Council (EPC), the body representing the EU banking sector.

  • Telecoms sector shaken by planned EU mobile fee cuts

    News | Competition 27-06-2008

    Consumers welcomed Commission proposals, launched yesterday (26 June), to slash mobile termination rates, which they consider to be pushing up their phone bills. But large mobile operators reacted angrily, saying recent EU regulatory measures are at the root of a drop in investment. A study highlighting this is due to be published next week, EURACTIV has learned.

  • Commission eyes big revenue cuts for mobile operators

    News | Competition 25-06-2008

    The European Commission will announce in the coming days a plan aimed at cutting by 70% in three years the wholesale charges imposed by mobile operators to manage phone calls received from other companies, so-called 'mobile termination rates'. The move is expected to have a major impact on mobile operators' revenues.

  • Commission to impose cuts in SMS roaming prices

    News | Digital & Media 13-06-2008

    Price decreases for cross-border text messaging (SMS) announced by mobile phone operators are considered disappointing by the EU's Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding, who announced she is ready to impose price cuts after the 1 July deadline "unless a miracle happens".

  • Telecom groups battle SMS price caps

    News | Digital & Media 08-05-2008

    EU telecom operators said they will not comply with the Commission's 1 July deadline to lower the prices of mobile data services across borders, such as text messaging and Internet surfing, labelling the proposed price caps "absurd".

  • Mobile operators told to cut SMS roaming charges

    News | Digital & Media 12-02-2008

    The cost of text messaging and mobile internet use abroad must be significantly lowered by 1 July 2008 or the EU will have to introduce a mandatory price cap, warned Viviane Reding, the EU's telecoms commissioner.