It’s over a few miles of sea, not another bloody planet!

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

I just looked up Orange’s international calling rates to see how much my 20 minute phone call to the Netherlands cost earlier.

Two questions:

Why is it cheaper (30p/min) to call the USA than it is to ring the Netherlands (45p/min) and why is it cheaper (25p/min) to ring of a pay as you go mobile?

I wish I’d checked BT’s prices before I rang though, they only charge 10p/min!

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  1. CherryPie (69 comments) says:

    I got caught out on this last year… called a friend on another network for less than 20 mins and it cost me more than £40. I have been keeping a check on the rip off prices ever since!!!

  2. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Am i saying heretical things when I mumble that, ‘This is the sort of the the EU does well, investigating crap like this?’

    I will now and go and hide under my bed

  3. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Yes you are! The Office of Fair Trading and/or OFTEL should have taken the mobile operators to task themselves before now.

  4. axel (1214 comments) says:

    But because it is abroad OFT & OFTEL have no power?

  5. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    It’s the mobile operators here that are hiking up the prices. It costs a few pence to Orange but they charge an extortionate amount. Especially when you consider that Orange has a presence in pretty much every country in Europe. What foreign operators charge their own customers is their business.

  6. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Yes, but Orange ‘Holland’ can charge Orange ‘UK’ what ever they like and no one can complain, least of all them, it just shimmies money away from Uk to a more favourable tax climate.

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