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Picturephoning: EU decides not to implement Mobile TV tax

Content to Mobile via IntoMobile is reporting that the European Union has quietly dropped plans to introduce a tax on phones capable of receiving video, a move which mobile TV leaders regarded as potentially calamitous for the viability of the industry.

“Late last year, news agency Reuters revealed that the European Commission (EC) was intending to introduce a 14% tax on mobile handsets that include a TV receiver. On 10 December 2008, the EC sent member states a formal proposal to reclassify some phones as “multi-functional devices”. Such reclassification would have incurred an additional 14% tax on phones with TV receivers.

… Reuters has now reported that reacting to pressure, notably from Nokia and Sony Ericsson, the EU will halt any such plans. ”

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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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