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Cheaper to send photo a fada, say texters

Vodafone yesterday that users be charged for three text messages if they included a ‘sineadh fada’ in a text of 160

Ruaidhri Giblin – Updated 02 2012 09:46 AM

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Mobile phone users in Irish claim they are ripped off for using the national and claimed it can be cheaper to send a than a fada.


Vodafone confirmed yesterday users would be charged for text (SMS) messages if included a single ‘sineadh in a text of 160 characters.

Mobile operators blame the costs on reasons — texts are according to the data used, than the number of letters or

When mobile phone switch from the standard to use symbols from Irish or another language such as this incurs a greater cost.

A very short of less than 70 characters, can multiple fadas and still be as one text.

However, additional arise if the text is what the considers a standard length, or 160

If a customer is texting in Irish and type the full 160 characters, a text message, that at least one fada, they be charged for three text a spokeswoman for Vodafone confirmed.

Vodafone and O2 said they to the standards set by the European Telecommunications Institute.

Gaelscoileanna Teo, a body for Irish primary said many Gaelscoileanna send group texts to and only recently have aware of the costs.

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They said that the was an integral part of the language and the charge discouraged its correct

The official language commissioner, An Teanga, said they not intervene as mobile phone were private businesses.

has been no action taken by regulator, Comreg.

Daithi Mac a former president of Conradh na which promotes Irish, Comreg had a statutory duty to the consumer.

Under regulations in Turkey, mobile phone device and operators must allow the to use Turkish characters without an charge. Any devices that comply are not allowed on to the Turkish Similar initiatives have place in Spain and Portugal.

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