"Sms shouldn't cost more than 6 cents"

The consumer rights organisation Test-Aankoop says that mobile phone rates in Belgium are still 3-4 times higher than in our neighbouring countries. According to the organisation an sms should not cost more than 6 cents.
There are a total of 11 million mobile phones in use in Belgium. This is more than the entire population (just over 10 million). People living in Belgium are paying a lot to use their mobile phones- too much says the consumer rights organisation Test-Aankoop. Out of a comparative study of prices in 8 countries the Netherlands is almost always the cheapest.
Depending on the type of mobile phone subscription, Belgium turns out to be 3 or 4 times more expensive than our neighbouring countries. "The reason for this is the absence of competition, a lack of transparency and the failure of government to take action," says Test-Aankoop. The consumer rights organisation criticises the federal mobile phone regulator BIPT of inaction.

"Europe has set a maximum price of 13 cents for sms messages from abroad, while the Belgians are paying up to 15 cents for sms messages within Belgium," points out Test-Aankoop. "Sometimes it's cheaper to go across the border to send an sms," says the consumer rights organisation. It's a strange situation, to say the least.

Test-Aankoop is demanding a code of conduct for mobile phone operators to correct the situation. A couple of years ago a similar code of conduct was introduced for the energy sector and this was in the benefit of the consumer.