Japan Passes Bill to Lower Mobile Phone Fees

Politics

Tokyo, May 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Councillors on Friday passed into law a bill to revise the telecommunications business law in order to lower mobile phone fees.

The revised law will obligate carriers to introduce pricing schemes that separate handset purchase costs from monthly communications fees, which are considered expensive by international standards.

Existing pricing schemes provide big discounts on handsets in exchange for fixed-term mobile communications services contracts.

While the schemes benefit subscribers who buy new handsets frequently, those who stick with one device for a long time have voiced frustration as revenue from their communications fees is used to provide the discounts.

The schemes have also drawn criticism that they are too complex and led to high communications fees.

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