Internet dearer on Dutch mobile phones

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Telecom provider Vodaphone is tightening up its Dutch customers’ access to the internet via mobile phones.

From 1 August, Vodaphone mobile phone users in the Netherlands will be able to download less data. “Data’s going to be more expensive,” explains a Vodaphone spokesperson. The move follows similar measures recently introduced by Dutch telecom giant KPN.

Just like KPN, Vodaphone customers are making fewer telephone calls and sending fewer text messages using their mobile phones. Instead, they are making use of competing internet services to chat for free. “Investment in the network has to come from somewhere,” explains the spokesperson.

Both Vodaphone and KPN are shaking up their payments deals. Contracts based largely on the amount of phone calls and text messages will disappear. Although, the standard contracts will allow less data to be downloaded, customers will be able to pay for extra data capacity to be added to their mobile phones.

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