Telcos still hope to avoid European roaming regulations

Europe’s mobile phone operators still hope to dissuade lawmakers from passing legislation capping the price for using a mobile phone abroad, even though politicians appear set on introducing the limits.

Speaking after a hearing with members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels Thursday, GSM Association spokesman David Pringle said it is too early to say that a law imposing caps on both wholesale and retail roaming prices is inevitable.

“Inevitable is a strong word,” Pringle said, adding, “We still hope there is a chance to avoid it.”

Members of the European Parliament support a move by the Commission to cap prices. National governments remain divided but Germany, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union has proposed capping the price of making a call abroad at

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