ACCC reports falling phone charges

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a report on telecommunications prices revealing that the majority of phone services have fallen in price over the past several years benefiting a broad range of consumers in metropolitan and regional areas.

Between 1996-97 and 1999-2000 there was a 53 per cent reduction in the price of international calls; a 23.5 per cent decrease in the price of national long distance calls; a decrease in the costs of mobile telephony; a decrease of 13 per cent in the price of local calls between; and an increase of 9.5 per cent in the price of basic access.

Residential and small business customers experienced some of the largest annual price reductions for fixed line and mobiles services have all benefited from the price reductions attributed to advanced technology and growth in competition in the Australian telecommunications market.

The report which, covers services supplied by major telephone companies such as Telstra, Cable and Wireless Optus, Vodafone, AAPT and One.Tel tracked changes in prices for fixed line to mobile services between 1996-97 and 1999-2000.

The results confirm how you can save if you take the time to shop around and compare plans, especially at an independent website like Phonechoice. Our comparison tables include a comprehensive list of telephone companies offering local and long distance plans.

Further information of the changes in telecommunications prices and services can be obtained from ACCC offices, the ACCC website www.accc.gov.au or by calling 1300 302 502.

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