Mobile operators in Europe are claiming victory in the battle with traditional landline operators to become the sole provider of voice communications.
"Mobile operators are working to erode the supposition that mobile telephony is too expensive for ubiquitous use," Emma Mohr-McClune, a wireless analyst with Current Analysis in Germany, wrote in an advisory report.
The study noted that operators have successfully launched trials in recent months enticing consumers to cancel their landlines altogether.
In some cases consumers have been provided with a landline telephone number rather than one with a special mobile prefix, offering rates similar to those charged by landline operators.
In Germany, BASE has been offering unlimited calls within its network and to fixed numbers at rate of €25 a month.
In Belgium, BASE started offering unlimited in-network calling at the same rate, attracting 40,000 subscribers in its first six weeks after launch.
While the offerings still do not qualify as true flat-rate plans, Mohr-McClune maintained that they are moving closer towards this goal.
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