Cheaper landline to mobile calls to be legally enforced
10:50AM Tuesday May 01, 2007

Telecom and Vodafone will be legally obliged to cut the cost of a call from a landline to a mobile over the next five years.

The Government has rejected a Commerce Commission recommendation to regulate mobile phone charges and has instead accepted offers from the phone companies to gradually lower them.

Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard said the companies would be held to their offers by legally enforceable deeds.

There has been widespread criticism of the "mobile termination rates", said to be among the highest in the world, and in April last year the Commerce Commission recommended regulation.

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