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Topic # 120834 15-Jun-2013 12:54 Send private message

EU to end roaming charges next year.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/10119159/EU-to-end-mobile-roaming-charges-next-year.html

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  Reply # 837236 15-Jun-2013 13:08 Send private message

I would like to see that happen in the NZ AU market but it will never happen in my lifetime. Vodafone has the ideal vehicle for this being the same company but they choose not to.




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  Reply # 837246 15-Jun-2013 13:37 One person supports this post Send private message

Vodafone looked at the idea of abandoning roaming across Europe in the mid 00's and were basically told by the EU it was anti-competitive to do so.

I know that both Vodafone NZ and AU have also toyed with the idea and once again were essentially told in an unofficial capacity by regulators that doing so would raise anti-competition issues.

It suits regulators to force things when they feel like it. Often when companies want to do the same thing regulators see it as an anti-competitive tool.

Vodafone NZ and AU dumping roaming between NZ and AU would be a fantastic move, but what happens when competitors are unable to offer the same service? Many people would say that's just bad luck, but regulators don't see things that way.


 

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  Reply # 837255 15-Jun-2013 14:21 Send private message

weird isn't it. I can Skype or WhatsApp anywhere in the world, so long as the other person has the same software, for free. But regulators say phone companies can't do it
Telecommunications..... It's complicated

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