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  I love Europe

Eiffel Tower wearing Europe colors

I'm currently in UK for the week-end and this morning my French mobile phone operator (SFR) sent me a wonderful SMS: WAP sessions within European Union are charged 1.20 euros for the first 50kB and then 5 euros per MB. I was so happy to learn that the prices are still crazy...

Then a friend pointed me to this Europe press release. It tells that starting on July 1st, the maximum price in Europe will be €1/MB, then it will decrease to €0.80 in 2010 and to €0.50 in 2011. SFR had not the nice idea to inform me about this price drop (5 times cheaper) which will happen in 34 hours...

This decision also tells that sending SMS in Europe will not be charged more than 0.11€ (before VAT). That explains why SFR was so proud to annouce me one month ago that starting on July 1st they will decrease the price of SMS in Europe from 0.30€ to 0.13 (VAT included).

I hope the 4th mobile license will be given soon and real competition will enter French mobile market, so that we don't need European laws to have reasonable prices (mobile prices in UK are so low compared to France...).

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  Dante (2009-06-29 16:10)

So true :(

  ulrik (2009-06-29 16:28)

Yes, but I don't know any other way. It's incredibly stupid, if you live close to a border (like I do).. You travel 50 km away from home and you can't answer or call anymore since it's so ridicolously expensive. Somehow, there is no market for this, since it's merely inconvenient and stupid, something that only bothers you for work trips or weekend trips!

  wobo (2009-06-29 18:32)

German mobile telcos are furious about it! :) For them the EU does not sell.

  Pierre-Luc Beaudoin (2009-06-29 18:48)

It costs me an outrageous 3¢/Kb (yes, kilobyte) if you don't have a data plan. There are only 2 data plans: 25$ for 500 Mb, 30$ for 1 Gb. And not to say that there is only one GSM cellphone provider in Canada. And no plans to regulate the market...

  liberforce (2009-06-29 19:51)

Pierre-Luc, Kb is for kilo-bit, for kilo-byte, use KB instead ;-)

  Henry (2009-06-29 19:58)

Don't hold your breath for lower inter-european prices with a fourth player. Here in Sweden we have pretty low domestic prices thanks to good competition, but they all charge through the roof as soon as you leave the country.

  Zanko (2009-06-29 20:36)

The three french operators are lobbying the government to avoid a 4th mobile license, and the fact that Free/Illiad's CEO has said that he plan to drop prices when he get his license will not help that.

  aloxe (2009-06-29 21:40)

Do you think UK price are realy competitive when it comes to roaming?

  wobo (2009-06-29 23:21)

Roaming prices are exactly what the EU is talking about. They put a limit on them and all providers in all EU countries have to obey. See Pascal's text and the EU press release.

  Land-of-Mordor (2009-06-29 23:39)

You surprising? Just take a look at mobile connection prices here in Spain, and don't ask about call's better not to know about them. Just an example: I turned off A-Gps support on my Nokia N95... :S

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