Operators under fire for roaming charges

11 Feb 2005

The European Commission has brought formal charges against the German mobile operators T-Mobile and Vodafone D2, claiming the pair have been guilty of charging ‘unfair and excessive prices’ for international roaming. The EC’s antitrust regulator says that the over-inflated charges have ‘yielded profits several times higher than comparable services supplied by mobile network operators’. The regulator’s statement continued: ‘The Commission action aims to ensure that European consumers are not overcharged when they use their mobile phones on their travels around the EU.’ Both T-Mobile and Vodafone say they will contest the accusations, with the former labeling the EC’s move as ‘unjustified.’ Last year the Commission issued a warning to the UK subsidiaries of Vodafone and mmO2 because their roaming fees were considered to be too high.