Mobile Phone Bills
January 19th, 2007
I actually don’t know how mobile operators can get away with charging the rates they do for phone calls. Taking O2 as an example, calls to non-O2 phones are 40p per minute. Calls to landlines and O2 phones are 5p a minute after the first 3 minutes which is a little bit more reasonable.
However, BT allows you to call for a whole hour for 6p and many broadband packages now bundle free calls to landlines. SkypeOut allows you to call landlines for 1p a minute.
I suppose you could argue that because mobile operators are generally pay as you go and don’t charge an £11/month line rental like BT does, the higher prices allow them to recoup some of that money. Additionally, there is the cost of having to maintain the masts, etc.
BBC News reported on the high costs of receiving calls when abroad. For a 4 minute peak time call, approximately:
- Calling the UK from Spain: 3.45-5.81 euros (£2.38-£4.01)
- Receiving a call in Spain from the UK: 1.66-4.40 euros (£1.15-£3.04)
I strongly recommend UK readers to check out O2’s Online Pay & Go tariff. It’ll probably save you quite a bit…
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