Europe wants lower SMS prices

European Commisioner Viviane Reding continues her battle against high telecom tariffs.  She is currently working on a law proposal that should put a maximum of 11 eurocent for sending SMS messages within the EU.  Currently the average tariff is at 29 eurocent.  The Commission has researched in 27 European countries to find out that prices vary between 6 eurocent (in Estonia) and 80 eurocent (in Belgium). 

Reding is also targetting the cost for Internet access through mobile devices.  The average cost of 2 euro per megabyte should be cut down to 1 euro.

The proposal will be voted on September 15th and has high chances for approval.

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