Checking that prices do not get rounded up thanks to the euro change is best made by the citizen. The more citizens are on the alert, the more citizens write to the papers to uncover possible hikes, then the more possible it is for the abuse to be nipped in the bud. There’s nothing worse than adverse publicity for the company involved. A propos I received an email that is doing the rounds (and that claims to have been an article in the Times). Here it is as a perfect example of the Citizen Euro Watch:
SMS euro prices
David Thake, Sliema.
If one views Vodafone and Go Mobile’s websites, one finds that after January 1, 2008 SMS messages will be charged at €0.05. These are currently
charged at 2c.
If Lm1 is equivalent to €2.33, then it stands that 50 SMS should also cost€2.33. Yet, one finds that as from January 1, these will cost €2.50. This
is an increase in price of seven per cent just because of the eurochangeover. With about 40 million SMS being sent on a monthly basis, this adds up to an extra €1.6 million in revenue to the two mobile providers.
Is this FAIR?
Please circulate around to your friends And relatives and invade go care and vodafone customer care that its not fair and theycall this E-Fair?