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September 23, 2008 5:17 PM

Commenting on today's expected announcement from the European Commission that the price of roaming text and data charges will be dramatically reduced, small business spokesperson, Lorely Burt MP said:

"The arrogance of the mobile phone operators is galling. As in 2006 when they were warned about the cost of roaming voice calls and failed to bring the charges down, they have once again been forced to slash the cost of using a mobile abroad, this time with text and data charges.

"For UK businesses, the cost of sending a text message when abroad often is as high as 41p per text. Compared with just 4p with a Latvian mobile phone user, this is scandalous. Today's announcement means that UK operators will not be able to charge more than 9p for a text message sent whilst aboard. When one factors in that the actual cost to the operator is less than 1p it is hard to feel any sympathy with the industry. This action at EU level will greatly benefit the consumer."