The Cat of Competition and the Fox of Communications

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Two Authorities have set up an exploratory investigation into telephone top-ups. The Competition Authority and the Communication Authority. The Cat Catricalà and the Fox Calabṛ.
The in-depth investigation has allowed one important conclusion to come out about the costs of top-up: “it represents an Italian anomaly”. In fact it’s not present in any European country. How much will it have cost us to do this in-depth investigation?
But the Authorities go further and using a language associated with a psychiatric report they hope: A remodeling of the top-up charge for mobile phones, to restore to competition level all the price components relating to mobile telephony and so in the future bring about relevant tariff reductions.”. And they go on just as though they had only just now discovered the top-up charges.
Perhaps they have been blinded on the road to Damascus by the 600,000 signatures of raging citizens: “a revision, even total, of the fixed contribution, would make clear what is offered in the market and would make it easier to do comparisons”.
It would have been enough for them to say: “top-up charges are theft, they are the fruit of a cartel of the mobile telephone companies in Italy and they should be abolished”.
And they should add: “It is a wholly Italian anomaly for which we too can be thanked as before we have taken action we needed a really strong kick up the backside from the Italians.”
I want to invite the Italians to do two things:
- sign your name for the abolition of top-up charges
- DON’T TOP-UP YOUR MOBILES until top-up charges are abolished.

And one for the Government:
Abolish the two Authorities. Their function that is taking Italian citizens for a ride is costing us more than the top-up charges.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 02:25 PM in | Comments (14)
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Hello everyone, and as usual the common sense in our representatives is going in the opposite as the common folk would expect. The fact is that VIP and Politicians Tax Return will be practically shielded from public scrutiny, this is like to say to the Joe Blow of Italy that Your Tax Return will be scrutinized by everyone and their brother while these individuals (Public Servant and Very Important People) that usually are the one that one way or the other have the mean and the will to avoid taxes will be removed and kept in more secure and out of site from scrutiny. It should be especially for Public Servant that derives their income from our taxes that their Tax Return should be made Public even before we vote so that we (The voters) can and should verify if these individuals are what they claim to be and make as little money as they say they do. Also their Criminal record should be made Public so to establish and prove their Good Faith, although we are in Italy and to prove it our Politicians are preserving their rights to screw with us, ask for more Taxes while laughing they keep their income Top Secret because is part of their right to Privacy, where is ours? Folks I am personally disgusted by all these abuses from them so remember the first chance we will have to vote, state election, regional election, referendum etc. make a mental and a written note posted on your bathroom mirror so that every morning when you wake up that person or party will be on your mind and if you believe they abuse their mandate don’t give him/her another chance at best do not vote that will prove you do not thrust all of them. And while on the subject I am waiting for a referendum from the grass root of this Country in half votes and complain so we can have the right to impeach these buffoons and incompetent Political Class we have. Class Action Suits and Right to Impeach, the situation is way out of hand and it is blatant throughout the political system everyone is running scared to create new Parties or combination of Parties because they can smell the situation is so rotten to stink up this nation up until Brussels. I would recommend also a referendum to allow people to have guns in their home so that when the government steal through taxes from us they have to collect them directly from our place of residence while we have the right to defend and protect our private properties and in any event they should go through the legal system to collect like we have to do on a daily basis.
Thanks for the opportunity

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | November 23, 2006 02:50 PM

SHAME on EVERY single CEO of the PHONEY / phone companies.....
Ive been back to sunny PALERMO since july the 30th.
VODAFONE Ireland sent me a few txts (last one dated NOVEMBER the 6th) saying i can top up my SIM card in any VODAFONE retailer: WHAT A FARSE!!!!
I went to the store in VIA LIBERTA' and be told by the shop assistant to buy a card anywhere.....
What if i have to complain abt charges? Where should i address myself?
Why can i not use my IRISH VODAFONE card in ITALY with the same charges? Why should i pay roaming charges ?
Why can i not get an italian number on my irish card instead of having to buy a whole new SIM card????
Brilliant people they are....when it comes to their 'pocket monies'!!!!
Maria Consuelo Spera
typing from her brother in law's computer....Salamone Antonio Via Orazio Antinori 55 Palermo Italy

Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | November 21, 2006 06:54 PM

The cost per minute is already armed robbery.
If you add the cost of the recharge is like killing people twice.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | November 21, 2006 06:34 PM

It sounds like Italy (and other parts of Europe) are seeing the marketing/charging/ownership of cellphones as "little portable payphones, with a service charge that people carry around with them." I hope that the reason that there is an "extra charge" (top up) is because the cellphone service itself is on a different system, with different operations, and different people who run it. Or, quite simply, the people you go to that charge the top up refuse to do it for free. It's very possible that they are receiving no compensation directly from the phone company.

Not that any of this is the right thing to do - paying for a cellphone call should be *all inclusive*, and the phone company should take *full ownership* of the operations of the cellphones themselves. It sounds like what they have done is subcontracted out this whole "top up" charge. It's like paying for a tank of gas, then paying the automatic gas pump for providing the gas. Like an ATM charge. Machines don't need to be paid, whether it's a cellphone or a gas pump. Machines don't understand what money is, and machines have no use for money.

What a rip off.

Enough of my ranting.

Posted by: Charles Terenzio | November 20, 2006 11:49 PM

Prince: I know your sister...;-))))))

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | November 20, 2006 10:07 PM

Raf: my sister doesn't know how to surf the web because she's afraid of drowning, let alone to understand what I write in English.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | November 20, 2006 09:43 PM

I wanted to mean "taken advantage of".

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | November 20, 2006 09:30 PM

Hey, Francesco!
Looks like you have more money than we do because you don't care when you throw it away.
We work hard for our money and I think it's our right to get pissed off when we see that once again we are taking advantage of.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | November 20, 2006 09:29 PM

Francesco: "You are damaging Italy for no reason"
are you advocating keeping the skeletons well hidden in their closets so that Italy can look a little better than Borat's Azerbaijan?

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | November 20, 2006 08:44 PM

In UK (London) I've never had to give a single penny to put my money in my phone...
...Ansd it is quite correct, but the fact that the competition does NOT exist in Italy makes a lot of things happen.

It's a Kind of Magic.

Living here after having left Italy is like living in an Unreal World, where the people work hard and try to do the best, RESPECTING THE LAW!

Yesterday I watched some of your video in google and some sadness caught me. Why do we have to look back to our nation and think (every time): "Why?"

I like what you are doing, Beppe, because you are telling what a lot of people think! Go on, because everyone can make the things happens, and YOU are one of the those, with a dock of people that no other italian blog can have!


Posted by: Carlo | November 20, 2006 08:10 PM

I am afraid to say that in Ireland where I live, some shops apply the charges and some not, so the charges fopr top-up exist also outside of Italy. Again, stop being demagogic about what is wrong in italy. You are damaging Italy for no reason.

Posted by: francesco filippi | November 20, 2006 07:49 PM

Look out, Prince! Sooner or later your sister will realize that you are calling her Bud Spencer!!!!!!!;-)))))))))))(even if the whale was worse!!!!)

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | November 20, 2006 07:22 PM

What kind of drug are using those 2 mental retarded authorities?
What kind of language are explaining the results with?
Did they have to do a study to find out that this cost it's an extorsion and that it's applied only in Italy?
(I would unleash my Bud Spencer Sister on them)

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | November 20, 2006 06:18 PM

Beppe for president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Luigi Manno | November 20, 2006 05:53 PM

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