Chinese regulators and cellular operators
yesterday refuted reports that they are ready to introduce a caller-pays
charging scheme for mobile phone calls as early as next month.
The South China Morning Post,
citing an anonymous source from the Ministry of Information Industry (MII),
yesterday reported that regulators and operators had made a decision to adopt
the caller-pays approach, which could be implemented or phased in as early as
The Ministry of Information Industry denies a
media report that it will introduce a caller-pays system for cell phone
users. [China Daily]
Xi Guohua, vice-minister of the MII, said: "We have discussed the caller-pays
system for years, but we have yet to make a decision."
"Even if it is introduced, it will not be implemented nationwide," he told
A spokesperson with China Mobile Communications Corporation, parent of Hong
Kong-listed China Mobile Ltd, said he has not heard of such a policy.
Currently, both callers and receivers in China are required to pay for mobile
phone conversations, a focus of criticism from consumers.
Increasing complaints have put regulators under pressure in the past 10 years
to allow a switch to the caller-pays approach, or the so-called "one-way
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