EU Moots 14% Tax On GPS or TV Enabled Handsets

If they aren't made in the European Union they're about to get stuffed...

The EU has certainly done some nice things for us lately – particularly when it comes to roaming charges – but it is now back in our bad books again…

According to Fudzilla which has kindly translated the untranslatable Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter the EU commission is preparing a vote on levying a 14 per cent import tax on all mobile phones which include a GPS receiver or mobile TV functionality.

The move will apparently be an extension to a little known (but equally horrendous) existing EU tax which sees a similar rate imposed on devices which can be used as a TV with an external tuner but until now mobile phones had passed under the radar. Thankfully IT trade association EICTA (European Information & Communications Technology Industry Association) is taking up the good fight on this one and with the vote not scheduled to happen until the end of the month all is not lost.

Unsurprisingly, the motivation for the new tax is said to come after pressure from GPS manufacturers in Germany and Holland (no prizes for guessing the brands I’d suspect) but with only Nokia and the Sweden-based Sony Ericsson likely to benefit from such a move it doesn’t seem to be in the best interests of EU citizens at large.

Will the EU come to its senses? Well, in recent times it has shown a scarily sane approach to tech related matters, but with the level of subsidies to 1000s of mobile phone deals suddenly hanging on this verdict – now the pressure’s really on to ”’not be stupid”’…

via Fudzilla

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