Mobile charges set to drop
Calling another mobile phone from another network is set to get cheaper after communications industry watchdog Ofcom imposed rulings on service providers to cut the cost of termination charges, the fee that firms charge their rivals for handling calls from their networks. At present, mobile operators charge around four to four and a half pence for connecting to another network, but Ofcom has demanded that this be slashed to less than a penny by 2015. It also expects that the saving will be passed on to customers. However, the demands fall short of the European Commission's recommendation to reduce these rates in half the time, reaching 0.69p by the end of 2012 instead of 2014.