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Crowe calls on Minister for Communications to get tough with phone operators over roaming charges

1 October, 2003

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for the party on Telecommunications, Seán Crowe,has welcomed the Ministers for Communications "belated concern" in relation to high cost roaming charges from mobile phone operators for people crossing the border.

Deputy Crowe said: "Sinn Féin has been calling on mobile phone companies for months to end the practice of imposing roaming charges on people travelling across the border. Before the summer we welcomed the announcement from O2 that they would be ending the charges for people travelling from the 26 to the Six Counties. We called on all other mobile phone operators to follow that lead.

We also called on the phone operators and their sister companies in the Six Counties to introduce an truly all-Ireland call rate that would mean people from either side of the imposed border would not be penalised for crossing it from either direction.

"I welcome the Minister's belated enthusiasm and concern in relation to these unjustifiable and extortionate charges. It is absolutely ridiculous that this situation was ever allowed to develop in the first place.

"I would urge the Minister to get tough with any phone operators who are resisting the introduction of a standard all-Ireland rate and to have the situation rectified immediately." ENDS

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