Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bell Cutting Price of U.S. Roaming Package; CRTC to Look at Roaming Rates

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bell Cutting Price of U.S. Roaming Package; CRTC to Look at Roaming Rates

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Bell drops U.S. roaming rate for customers

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MONTREAL - Bell Canada says it's cutting roaming rates in half for mobile phone customers travelling in the United States starting Tuesday in response to consumer feedback.

The move comes just weeks before the Sept. 27 deadline set by the CRTC for telecom companies to submit their roaming fee rates and how much they pay other carriers for roaming agreements.

Analyst Eamon Hoey said the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is now much more focused on consumers and Bell's lower roaming rates are to "blunt" the argument from consumers that rates are too high.

"The value proposition being offered to consumers is not commensurate with what we see internationally," said Hoey, of Toronto-based Hoey Associates Management Consultants Inc.

The European Union is proposing that all roaming charges be eliminated across the 28-nation bloc by 2016.

The CRTC's new wireless code, which will apply to new contracts for cellphones and other mobile devices starting on Dec. …

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