After clipping Microsoft round the ear yesterday it seems like the European Commission is starting to grow a spine. Today it has bitch slapped telcos by slashing overseas mobile costs.
The plans see the EC recommend a whole range of new maximum calling costs that will apply to all member countries. It recommends that the cost of calling home from abroad must be no more than 34p per minute, a local call made abroad tops out at 23p per minute and receiving a call while abroad cannot go over 11p per minute.
Networks have been fearing these new tariffs for a while now and you may have noticed a whole raft of cost saving announcements from the likes of O2, Vodafone and Orange and not out of the goodness of their stony hearts but rather in anticipation of such n outcome. Happily the EC costs undercut these ‘deals’ even further and should save most of us between 40 and 70 per cent.
Naturally enough there has been an outcry from telcos all over the EU but pleasingly it appears no one is listening. The new proposals hope to be in force by the summer of 2007 but still have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and EU governments.
Hang on, what was that last sentence… …oh god.