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Competition Commission gives SMEs mobile phone charges boost

SMEs and other companies increasingly dependant on mobile networks will be pleased with a ruling by the Competition Commission (CC) on mobile phone charges.

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SMEs and other companies increasingly dependant on mobile networks will be pleased with a ruling by the Competition Commission (CC) on mobile phone charges.

The CC has reduced further the charges that rival mobile operators can charge each other for receiving calls from mobile users not on their networks.

BT complained to the CC that earlier reduced charges proposed by regulator Ofcom weren't enough.

The CC agreed, and says charges for connecting to the O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone networks should be reduced to 4p per minute by 2010/11. Ofcom had decided that they should fall to 5.1p per minute by 2010/11.

The CC has also determined that the charge for connecting to the 3 network should be reduced to 4.4p per minute by 2010/11. That is 1.5p lower than Ofcom's original decision.

The reductions are expected to be passed onto customers.

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