Termination rate changes 'historically not bad for consumers'

12 August 2009 — 2:00 PM

Call charges could be set for a change

Plans to change the way in which mobile charging rates are calculated need not affect consumers, it has been advised.

A spokesperson from the Terminate the Rate (TtR) campaign, which seeks to abolish the fees operators charge for carrying rival networks' voice calls, commented on the recent concerns put forward by O2.

The carrier has suggested to telecommunications watchdog Ofcom it believes such a change in pricing structures would result in the consumer losing out with higher tariffs, handset prices and use-by dates on top-up credit.

However, the TtR representative explained this was an unlikely scenario and one which had been reared its head in the past.

She added: "These familiar themes were last given a good airing in 2002 when the rates were last being reviewed in detail," concluding that despite this "more people than ever use mobile phones".

The Guardian recently reported that O2 had suggested some of the proposals being made by Ofcom were "inconsistent with European and domestic law".

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