Mobile firms told to reduce tariffs
3 February 2005
BRUSSELS – Belgian politicians are pushing mobile phone operators to lower customer tariffs.
An initiative by parliamentarian Philippe De Coene, a member of the left leaning Flemish social democratic party (sp.a), wants legislation introduced that would force operators to inform customers at least once a year which tariff would be best for their consumption rate.
The new rule is to be debated in parliament at the end of the month but the majority parties have already signalled their agreement.
Mobile companies would also be obliged to give a free copy of the entire phone bill to any customer that requests it.
Internet suppliers would be made to offer packages that are completely secure, and supply free anti-virus software.
A recent survey by consumer watchdog Test Achats found Belgians pay considerably over the odds for mobile phone services.
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Subject: Belgian news