Swiss consumers want same roaming prices as in the EU

Friday 21 September 2012 | 11:40 CET | News
Swiss consumer magazines Bon a Savoir and K-Tipp have handed out symbolic gold coins to each member of the federal parliament to remind them that mobile phone users were paying for mobile roaming services "at the price of gold". Tribune de Geneve writes that Swiss consumers paying around CHF 330 million more a year for roaming than their EU neighbours, the same amount as in September last year. The consumer associations have also asked federal council member Doris Leuthard to intervene quickly to request that the council impose the same roaming prices as in the EU. A motion tabled by PS/BE member Ursula Wyss a year ago was held up by the transport committee of the state council, which decided that it would be impossible to set caps without signing a bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the EU. It encouraged operators Swisscom, Orange Switzerland and Sunrise to lower their roaming fees voluntarily.

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