As of April, existing cell phone contracts will become more expensive for many customers. Drei and A1 have already confirmed price increases in fees, the Chamber of Labor (AK) said in a statement. Drei will raise charges by 8.5 to 11.5 percent, depending on the tariff, and A1 by 8.5 percent, it said. In many cell phone contracts, value protection or index adjustment clauses allow mobile phone providers to adjust certain fees to the consumer index.
As a result, telephone rates at Drei will become more expensive by an average of 2.20 euros per month starting April 1, and data rates by 2 euros. At A1, a price increase of 8.5 percent will affect basic charges and service fees. Magenta had not commented on the price adjustments.
Smaller mobile providers such as Spusu, HOT, georg or krone Mobil, among others, would not have clauses in their contracts that would allow these index adjustments. In mid-January, however, Yesss introduced index adjustment clauses in new contracts.
According to an ECJ ruling, consumers have no special right of termination in the event of price increases based on value adjustment or index clauses.
- source: APA/picture: Bild von Bryan Santos auf Pixabay
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