3 and BT have today confirmed more than 100,000 people have now signed its Terminate The Rate petition, to reduce mobile termination rates.
The online campaign, which was launched in May by 3 chief executive Kevin Russell and BT managing director for consumer John Petter (pictured right and left, respectively), has been backed by almost 102,000 who have signed its online petition, launched to encourage Ofcom to lower termination rates on calls.
The submissions are the first stage in an ongoing campaign to bring down the cost of calling mobiles, which cost landline users more than £75 million last year and more than £200 million for 3 since it set up in 2003.
MTRs are the prices of calls connected from one network to another, less than 1p in real terms but charged typically at 5p. 3 and BT claim they are “artificial” fees designed to make money at the expense of the customers.
3 also revealed backers have so far included MoneySupermarket.com, The Post Office, The Federation of Small Businesses, Carers UK, The GMB Union and National Union of Students. It has also been backed by 198 MPs.
Petter said: “To have over 100,000 people sign our petition really shows that the British public has had enough of high Mobile Termination Rates.
“There is now widespread agreement that cutting termination rates to around a penny or less will give customers the lower prices and unlimited call packages they want.
“The big four mobile companies should heed the strength of public feeling and act now to right this wrong, rather than waiting for the regulation to change in 2011.”