3 eliminates North-South roaming charges

13 Mar 2006

3G operator 3 has joined Vodafone and O2 in eliminating Northern Ireland and UK roaming charges.

From tomorrow all users of 3’s network will no longer have to pay roaming charges whilst travelling North or across to the UK.

The company said that all calls made and received in the North or in the UK will be included as part of 3 Ireland’s monthly price plan bundles.

If roaming calls use up more than half of a customer’s allotted monthly bundled minutes they will be charged at only 30 cents per minute, the same price as 3’s local calls in Ireland.

3 has also abolished international calling charges to all UK numbers from the Republic of Ireland. Per-minute international calls from Ireland to the UK have also been reduced from 49 cents to 30 cents.

3 Ireland’s new managing director Robert Finnegan commented: “3 believes all Irish mobile users — whether they be consumers or business users — should pay the same national rate when making domestic and UK calls while roaming in Northern Ireland and the UK, regardless of the network they are roaming on.

“3 Ireland has listened to what Irish consumers have been asking for and has responded with what we believe is by far the best solution in the country,” he said.

By John Kennedy