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Two or three cell phones in family not unusual

IT HAS become almost natural that a family owns a second or third mobile phone, which suggests that the Slovak telecom market is quite well developed, Peter Tóth, media relations manager of mobile operator Orange told The Slovak Spectator.
When commenting on the prices of telecom services within Slovakia, Tóth said that prices in general have a decreasing tendency.

IT HAS become almost natural that a family owns a second or third mobile phone, which suggests that the Slovak telecom market is quite well developed, Peter Tóth, media relations manager of mobile operator Orange told The Slovak Spectator.

When commenting on the prices of telecom services within Slovakia, Tóth said that prices in general have a decreasing tendency. However, the price drop is reflected indirectly through offers of wider services for unchanged prices to the customer, which means that the customer gets complex service packages, Tóth explained.

Responding to the timely issue of telecom liberalisation, Tóth said that the move would first of all mean new players entering the fixed-line market. We would then witness the same turn that the mobile communication market has been experiencing since 1997. "Unfortunately, this is reaching the fixed-line market with a several-year delay," he said.

"It will mostly be the customer who will enjoy the benefits of these changes. However, it needs to be stressed that the liberalisation will get reflected in prices only marginally, the increase in the choices and quality of the offered services, mainly for corporate clients, will be the main benefit," Tóth added.

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