Irelands’ telecoms regulator ComReg is considering plans for the introduction of so-called ‘home-zone’ mobile phone services, as already offered in Germany, which allow consumers to make and receive calls in or near their homes at fixed prices. The watchdog says a number of firms are interested in bringing in such services and in response it is opening a consultation process to explore ways to do so. ComReg says that ‘home-zone’ services could increase competition and provide customers with greater flexibility, and could be implemented by the end of 2006 or early 2007. Under the model, mobile users are provided with a fixed telephone number and a mobile number for a single handset. The consultation process runs until 15 September. ComReg will announce its final decision in November.
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