More Belgians unable to pay telecom bills

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A growing number of Belgians can’t afford to pay their mobile phone, landline or internet bill, says telecom industry's blacklist operator.

6 June 2008

BELGIUM - According to figures by Preventel, an operator that manages the Belgian telecom industry’s joint blacklist, an increasing number of people are finding it extremely difficult to settle their monthly telecom bill.

In 2007, the number of defaulters rose by 30 per cent to some 200,000. For this year, there are only preliminary figures at hand but they seem to point in the same direction.

The Preventel list consists of people that have not paid their phone, internet or telecom bill. Only outstanding invoices of over EUR 50 were taken into account.

According to Johanne Buysse of Preventel, more and more people are piling up debts. A considerable number of them are spreading their debts over different creditors.

“Whereas before people went in the red on their credit cards, they now fail to pay the rent of the energy, telecom or hospital bill”, she says.

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