Dutch telecoms operator KPN says it will stop offering free mobile handsets to customers taking out a pay-as-you-go package, instead charging them between EUR70-EUR80 (USD97-USD112) for the handset of their choice. The head of KPN’s mobile services division, Marco Visser, told the AD newspaper that currently, many consumers take out a three-month pre-paid contract just to get a new mobile phone. ‘There are more SIM cards in the Netherlands than there are people … in addition, the Netherlands has some of the lowest charges in Europe thanks to tough competition,’ Visser said. Asked by the paper whether he was concerned the move would result in an outflow of customers Visser reportedly said: ‘My competitors are welcome to them. They won’t earn anything on them either.’
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