O2 rejects claims of overcharging

Tuesday 14 October 2003 19.10
O2 rejects claims of overcharging

The Chief Financial Officer of O2 Ireland has said he totally rejects suggestions by consumer groups that Irish customers are being ripped-off by mobile phone charges.

Niall Norton said the facts were available and he did not believe for a moment that customers were being overcharged.

Earlier, he told the Joint Committee on Communications that Irish customers were spending more on mobile phones because they used them more - and for longer lengths of time - than customers in the UK and Germany.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of Vodafone Ireland has said he can see mobile phone charges coming down in price by 10% a year.

Paul O'Donovan told the committee that mobile phone users in Ireland paid high prices because of high usage and not because of excessive charges by mobile operators.