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Pan-European mobile phone network

  • 25-02-2010 12:47am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 ✭✭✭ Amtmann


    I am sick and tired of the exorbitant roaming charges imposed by mobile operators across EU countries. Vodafone IE to Vodafone DE should not cost the arm and the leg that it does. Ditto for O2. What's the justification for not harmonising such things in our largely borderless common market with its common currency?

    I would sincerely like to the see a pan-European network introduced that would operate in a standard way from Nicosia to Galway, and where prices and number prefixes would be standard. I think the EU should move to do away with international dialing codes between EU states, and compel single operators across the states to harmonise their tariffs and terms of use.

    And while they're at it, they should try to set up a single postal service too.

    [/rant]

    Seriously though: would the above not make infrastructural sense?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,164 ✭✭✭ pg633


    Licence holders paid a lot for their licences. ($45.8 billion in Germany it seems)

    They and the governments who benefited aren't just going to give it away.


  • Registered Users Posts: 674 ✭✭✭ etchyed


    3 Like Home
    No use to you in Germany but there is somebody doing it at least.


  • Registered Users Posts: 577 Typewriter


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,464 ✭✭✭ munchkin_utd


    etchyed wrote: »
    3 Like Home
    No use to you in Germany but there is somebody doing it at least.
    and heres where they make their money!!
    We’re unable to guarantee access to, or coverage on, participating networks while abroad. In the unlikely event that you have to access to another network operator, you will be charged the standard international roaming rates to make and receive calls and messages.
    indeed, indeed!
    the normal auld lad would not be capable of manually setting the phone network to only use a certain network, if even they remember at all to try and set it the minute they land abroad in the first place!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,476 ✭✭✭ ardmacha


    EU regulations on roaming are going in the right direction. Something on data would be good.
    And while they're at it, they should try to set up a single postal service too

    While they never had a single postal service, 20 years ago they had a setup where the stamp for Ireland also worked across the EU. This was discontinued a couple of years later.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,428 ✭✭✭✭ jesus_thats_gre


    Furet wrote: »
    Vodafone IE to Vodafone DE should not cost the arm and the leg that it does.

    Maybe you could pick a better example?

    http://www.vodafone.ie/planscosts/paymonthly/roaming/passport/?ts=1267137760145


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,000 Cionád



    Which is fine if your pay as you go.

    If your bill pay you'll end up spending a lot because while abroad you cannot use your allocated 'free' minutes that come on your tariff.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,233 ✭✭✭ Deedsie


    I'd settle for an All Ireland telecommunications system. Up around the border is crazy for years! Surely O2 or Vodafone could implement an all island tarriff?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,347 ✭✭✭✭ MJohnston


    Yeah, it amazes me that theres a lack of an All-Ireland mobile network (or tariff). I'd pay £10/€15 extra a month for it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,476 ✭✭✭ ardmacha


    Yeah, it amazes me that theres a lack of an All-Ireland mobile network (or tariff).

    This illustrates the laziness and general uselessness of politicians. This type of practical measure should have been written into the political agreements made. Landlines do not overcharge you for cross border calls, yet when mobiles came along no effort was made to ensure a similar situation.

    That said O2 have some arrangements.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,095 ✭✭✭ nordydan


    I believe if you live right on the border exceptions can be made. O2 had a bolt on for just €2 a month on bill pay, not sure if its still going...


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,428 ✭✭✭✭ jesus_thats_gre


    Cionád wrote: »
    Which is fine if your pay as you go.

    If your bill pay you'll end up spending a lot because while abroad you cannot use your allocated 'free' minutes that come on your tariff.

    Read that link again. You will see it is:
    Plans & Costs > Pay Montly Plans and Costs > Roaming > Vodafone Passport


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,000 Cionád


    Read that link again. You will see it is:
    Plans & Costs > Pay Montly Plans and Costs > Roaming > Vodafone Passport

    What is your point? Passport applies to both prepay and billpay:
    http://www.vodafone.ie/planscosts/prepay/roaming/passport/?ts=1267284287455

    My point is that say you pay a 30 euro tariff for 100 minutes, you use 50 minutes of calls in the republic, and then another 10 minutes when in the UK, you have to pay the per-minute rate for those 10mins - (30cent for me) if you were still in ireland it would have been 10 more 'free' minutes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,278 ✭✭✭ dubhthach


    Looks like the EU are going to implement a CAP on mobile broadband roaming charges. Basically it would be set to a figure (supposdly 50euros) and ye get a warning once you hit 80% of this figure

    http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/article/15410/comms/eu-moves-to-eradicate-mobile-broadband-bill-shock
    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1594176/eu-caps-mobile-roaming-charges

    TBH I would argue that mobile roaming charges go against the spirt of a "single market" especially in cases where you are roaming on a "sister network" eg. Vodafone UK, O2 uk, telefonica etc etc.


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