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Wirral MEP backs mobile phones campaign
WIRRAL MEP Chris Davies has thrown his weight behind a campaign to end the practice of charging people for mobile ‘phone calls they receive abroad.
European Union information commissioner Neelie Kroes has launched a new initiative to accelerate the process of bringing down mobile phone charges for Brits abroad.
The Liberal Democrats in the EU are confident that the so-called “roaming” charges will be abolished b y 2015.
Chris Davies said: "This is good news for British business and British consumers.
"A few big companies have kept prices outrageously high by creating artificial barriers between countries. Now these will be swept aside, creating opportunities for business and benefits for consumers."
He went on: "This is the European Commission working at its best: opening up markets, tearing down barriers, and ensuring that we can take full advantage of a European market of 500 million people."
Mr Davies believes the reductions in roaming and data charges will also help UK tourism, one of the biggest and fastest growing sectors in the North West.
From 2012 to 2014, EU laws will have forced the cost of mobile data down from around 65p per MB to less than 20p.
The cost for receiving a phone call has dropped by more than half and the new laws would see that cost disappear altogether.
Mr Davies said: "Charging someone to receive a call is crazy, how are people supposed to know if you are away or not?
"The existing telecommunications companies will be forced to stop ripping us off with charges for doing nothing and told instead to make money by growing the business."
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