3 reluctant to pay network change fee

Ireland’s newest mobile phone company, 3, is resisting demands from Ireland’s two largest operators to pay them a €20 fee for customers who join 3 but retain their old number, according to industry sources.

2nd June, 2007

Ireland’s newest mobile phone company, 3, is resisting demands from Ireland’s two largest operators to pay them a €20 fee for customers who join 3 but retain their old number, according to industry sources.

Vodafone, O2 and Meteor have agreed a ‘‘porting fee’’, which covers the cost of moving a customer to a rival phone company. However, 3 believes that paying such a fee when it wins customers is anti-competitive and penalises new...

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