Telefonica cuts European data roaming charges

The Telefónica group is about to cut data roaming charges for its customers in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Spain and the U.K. Cuts of more than 40 per cent can be expected when subscribers use their phones for email or internet access in other European countries. O2 customers in the U.K. could see reductions ranging from 57-80 per cent. Subscribers will not need to have opted for a bundled tariff, all prepaid and contract customers will enjoy the same benefits. Implementation of the new charges is expected by July 2008. The cost of sending text messages while roaming in Europe has also been cut for prepay customers, from 49p per message to 25p. The new cuts are in response to pressure from the European Commission which has already forced operators to cut roaming voice charges.

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