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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on prepaid credit ('top-up') for mobile phones

Gianluca Buonanno

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on prepaid credit ('top-up') for mobile phones  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas Italian mobile phone operators TIM, VODAFONE and WIND have changed their charges for the worse for customers who use prepaid credit ('top-up') systems, since mobile phone prepaid accounts now have to be topped up every four weeks instead of every month;

B.     whereas this means that a recharge ('top-up') lasts for 28 days and no longer for 30 or 31 days;

C.     whereas this change means that users will have to recharge their accounts 13 times per year instead of 12, spending 8% more;

1.      Calls on the Commission, given its competences pursuant to Articles 114 and 169 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), to take immediate and appropriate measures to ensure that the financial and legal interests of consumers are protected;

2.      Urges the Commission to ascertain whether this is not perhaps a case of a breach of competition rules under Articles 101-109 TFEU.

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