Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the average cost for making or receiving an (a) SMS text message and (b) telephone call whilst in another EU member state in each of the last 10 years to date; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport holds no information on the average cost of making or receiving an (a) SMS text and (b) telephone calls while in another EU member state.

However Ofcom, the independent national regulator, holds the following data which shows the average cost (in GB pounds) of a call or text incurred across all mobile network operators whilst in another EU member state from 2008 onwards:

  SMS Voice call
  Made Received Made Received
2008 0.299 (1)n/a 0.408 0.193
2009 0.146 (1)n/a 0.325 0.137
2010 0.070 (1)n/a 0.321 0.141
2011 0.088 (1)n/a 0.302 0.094
(1) There is no charge for receiving SMS text messages

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