Berlin takes aim at mobile phone, SMS costs

3rd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

3 February 2005, BERLIN - The German cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at protecting especially young people from high-priced mobile phone and text messaging providers. Under the bill, which could be approved by this summer, SMS and other services which cost more than EUR 1 per minute must be set out in writing in every phone contract. The same holds for directory information services costing over EUR 3 per minute. For services offered without a formal contract the provider would have to warn

3 February 2005

BERLIN - The German cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at protecting especially young people from high-priced mobile phone and text messaging providers.

Under the bill, which could be approved by this summer, SMS and other services which cost more than EUR 1 per minute must be set out in writing in every phone contract.

The same holds for directory information services costing over EUR 3 per minute.

For services offered without a formal contract the provider would have to warn users - in advance and at no charge - of the exact cost, under the planned law.

The bill is the brainchild of Economics Minister Wolfgang Clement - who has five daughters - and has become concerned that young people are running up huge debts on their mobile phones, often without even knowing they are doing so.

DPA

Subject: German news 

 

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