Good news came for UK mobile phone users this week as details of reduced call charges emerged and operators finally agreed to allow their messaging services to interoperate.
Telecomms watchdog Oftel confirmed yesterday that calls from BT lines to Vodafone or Cellnet phones will soon fall by 25 per cent, following the damning results of a government enquiry into pricing last year. (see Newswire 15 December, 1998)
BT went one step further today saying it would slash the cost of calling all four mobile networks from its phone lines from 30 April.
Among the highlights, calls to Vodafone in the day will fall by 31 per cent and a call to Cellnet at the weekend, by 80 per cent to two pence per minute. However, evening calls to Cellnet will fall by just four per cent.
Separately it emerged that UK mobile subscribers will soon be able to send short text messages to each other regardless of which network they subscribe to. At present, messages can only be sent between subscribers on the same network.
Orange and Cellnet are the first to cooperate, while Vodafone and One 2 One are expected to follow shortly.
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