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France 6th for mobile call costs

European Commission calls for single communications market citing 774% difference in prices across EU

FRANCE is the sixth most expensive country in Europe for mobile telephone calls.

The assessment was made by the European Commission which announced yesterday that it wished to see a single telecommunications market across the EU.

“For identical mobile services, users must pay a highly variable price from one country to another,” said a statement by the Commission. It said the widest gap, between Lithuania and the Netherlands was a 774% difference in price.

The average cost of a mobile call in the EU is 9.1 centimes. The UK average is 9.7c, while France is 12.7c.

However, the French market has become cheaper since the introduction of Free as a fourth operator in 2012. These results have yet to be taken into account in the Commission’s statistics.

See also: EU may end mobile roaming charges

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