New partnership wants to "Terminate the Rate"
21 May 2009 — 2:00 PM
A new partnership has been launched that aims to cut the cost of calling the latest mobile from a landline.
BT, 3 Mobile and a number of other sector groups have come together to back the Terminate the Rate Campaign, which seeks to reduce the level at which people are charged for some disconnections.
The organisation claims some of these costs - which are known as Mobile Termination Rates or MTRs - can account for up to 80 per cent of the per minute price of calling a mobile from a home phone.
Kevin Russell, chief executive officer of 3 Mobile in the UK, said the actual cost involved every time a land line to mobile call is ended is under a penny.
"The current regime allows all mobile operators to charge much more, at a cost of millions of pounds to UK consumers. If we terminate the unfair rate, everyone will save money," he added.
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