EC names roaming offenders

3 Aug 2007

The European Commission (EC) has named and shamed wireless companies that have failed to implement new EU maximum tariffs on cross-border mobile phone calls. Most of the companies in the 27 EU member states have begun offering the new tariffs, but a few, including Luxembourg’s Voxmobile, in which Belgian mobile telecoms group Mobistar has a 90% stake, failed to offer its customers the new roaming tariffs by 30 July 2007, as mandated in new EU regulations. Many others, including big names such as O2 and Virgin Mobile in Britain, O2 in Austria and Tele2 in Sweden, were marked in grey on the EU’s colour-coded list for not having provided any information on their prices.

According to the rules, mobile operators must offer EU subscribers tariffs of no more than EUR0.49 a minute for cross-border calls within the EU, while receiving a call should cost no more than EUR0.24.