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Anderson welcomes OFCOM report on Mobile roaming charges

29 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Spokesperson, Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) speaking following the publication of an OFCOM Report finding that mobile phone operators are reaping windfall profits to the tune of £11m a year due to inadvertent roaming charges said that its findings come as no surprise to her Party.

Martina Anderson said:

"I welcome the OFCOM report and will be contacting the regulator about its findings. Its content comes as no surprise to my Party or myself. Sinn Féin has been to the fore for many years in highlighting this unjust cost to consumers.

"Sinn Féin has met on a number of occasions with the regulators North and South in order to have this issue addressed. While the Regulators pointed out the measures that some of the Operators were introducing to reduce the problem we pointed out that we do not think they go far enough.

"The onus should not be on the consumer to purchase bolt-on offers but should be the responsibility of the operator to provide this facility as a service.

"The EU had to legislate to force the operators to act on roaming charges for European travellers recognising that Mobile Phone operators were unlikely to voluntarily act in the interests of the consumer.

"If according to OFCOM's findings the operators are in receipt of windfall profits of £11m a year they are even less likely to act voluntarily in this instance. The governments on both sides of the border must take action to eradicate this rip-off." ENDS

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