industry can't say it
about their bloated roaming
in Europe. EU officials are now ratcheting up the heat on European carriers under
a new proposal that, among other changes, would make it free to receive a call when abroad in addition to
being charged at "home rates" when making an in-country call. Goverment figures show that currently, a
4-minute call received from the UK while in Italy results in a steep £3.80 ($6.65) tarrif from O2 or £3.04
($5.32) with Vodafone. The proposal has the support of 25 nations with EU commissioner, Viviane Reding, stating that
the new pricing could be in effect by Summer of 2007 if the European Parliament and national governments moved quickly.
Viv. You did say Parliament and
national governments must agree, right?