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Minister Q: “maximum price for sms not possible”

Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne reacts to a call from consumers organisation Test-Aankoop to put a maximum price on SMS messages.  According to Minister Q, this is not possible, since the European legislation does not allow such a limitation.  But he claims that high competition on the market will automatically lead to lower prices.   This will be stimulated even further when a 4th licence is auctioned later this year.  Telenet and Voo have already shown interest.

Test-Aankoop: SMS at maximum 6 eurocent

Last week, we reported how Belgium is one of the most expensive countries if you’re a heavy mobile user.  Consumer organisation Test-Aankoop has come to the same conclusion in a comparative study in Europe.  They want to see a maximum rate for SMS messages of 6 eurocent.

Earlier this summer, the European Commission has already put a limit on roaming tariffs.  A text message sent from a European country to home country Belgium, shouldn’t cost more than 13 eurocent.    A SMS from and to Belgium can cost between 10 and 15 eurocent with the standard rates.
If an international SMS can cost maximum 13 eurocent, then a national SMS shouldn’t cost 15 eurocent, reasons Test-Aankoop.    Taking into account the same margins as for international sms traffic, a national sms should cost maximum 6 eurocent.