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Montevideo, July 21st 2017 - 16:43 UTC

Argentine court confirms phone calls to Falklands/Malvinas must be billed as domestic

Thursday, July 13th 2017 - 08:27 UTC
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Argentine justice confirmed that phone calls to the Falklands/Malvinas Islands must be billed as local calls and not long distance. Argentine telecoms companies Telefonica and Telecom said that this was normal procedure, however a client presented a “consumers' appeal” claiming a call to the Falklands had been labeled as international instead of domestic. Read full article

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  • Jo Bloggs

    What a wanker, and more fool the court for letting it get that far. Moral compensation? Sounds like you just need to work a little harder Mr. Giusti; if you have time to waste like this you should do something worthwhile.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse +5
  • Frank

    Maybe they should also remove the 'international' from 'Rio Gallegos International Airport' at the same time :)

    I had the misfortune to find myself travelling by bus past Rio Gallegos a few weeks ago ( PA to Orsorno )..... the bus skirted the western fringe of the town.....what a dump.... the scruff edge of Bariloche was no better and Piedrabuena still had election posters from about 2010 all over the place... what a sad and frucked up country...

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 10:14 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Brit Bob

    Ah the Malvinas myth goes on...

    Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina (1 page):
    https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 10:30 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Livepeanuts

    If Argentina is going to do stupid things, at least this time it has a positive side if the only sane population (Brits, Falklanders, Personnel serving the Crown) should benefit and get discounts, it is a rare good consequence of all the brainwashing and twisted logic from Buenos Aires. .. We should thank the Gods for small mercies.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 12:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • R. Ben Madison

    An implanted settler population has no rights! Therefore, Argentina belongs to Spain regardless of the wishes of its temporary transient population.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Viking

    Good point Ben! According to your reasoning same would be true for the Falklands.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 02:20 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Roger Lorton

    Implanted? The Falklanders are as 'implanted' as the Argentines. There is no such thing, and, in any case, the right to self-determination does not include any exceptions - implanted or otherwise.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 05:13 pm - Link - Report abuse +5
  • Stoker

    Denial - it aint just a river in Egypt ;-D

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 05:27 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Clyde15

    Implanted ? Sounds like the Island of Dr.Moreau.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 07:05 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Islander1

    Wonder does Arg Govt- and thus Arg taxpayer - pick up the bill from the International side then- as believe you me- it is charged!

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • HughJuanCoeurs

    Perhaps the Falkland Islands ought to do porn telephone lines. You know... “I'm a lonely penguin and I want to make an Argie boy go hot and cold with desire for my beautiful plump, unspoiled islands” ...that sort of thing... and see how much revenue gets generated.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 08:27 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • gordo1

    What about calls from the Falkland Islands to Argentina? Are they to be charged as local calls?

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 08:47 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Marti Llazo

    Just to bugger my local phone company, I've been thinking of making a few long chatty calls from here (Río Gallegos) to unknowns in the islands......

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 10:31 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Stoker

    Marti - did you see this propaganda exercise undertaken with children from one of your local schools?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trmgbUP8NV8&t=7s
    I note one of the adults who went along with those school children - Ernesto Alonso - was also tagging along with Adolfo Perez Esquivel in his trip to the islands in March (which turned into a fiasco) ;-D

    Jul 14th, 2017 - 03:47 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox

    If person A in the UK calls person B on person A's UK cell phone number while person B happens to be in the USA then person A will be charged the local UK call rate (it is not his fault that person B is out of the country) while person B will be charged the balance of the international call.

    Could a similar system be instituted in the Falklands? A person may be charged the local rate from Argentina to the Falklands but couldn't the Falklands phone service then charge the balance of what would be the international call rate for the final part of the call between it arriving in the Falklands and connecting with the final recipient of the call? It would be a money earner for the Falklands and the Argentine phone company would have to absorb or pass on those charges somehow, maybe the local call rate in all of Argentina would go up by a tiny %? Or maybe that is effectively what is happening anyway? If the international rate reflects the true cost of the call then the Argentine phone companies are going to have to obtain the difference between the cost of those calls and what they are charging somehow.

    Posted 6 days ago - Link - Report abuse +2
  • DemonTree

    That's a good point. What happens if someone with a mobile registered in Argentina goes to the Falklands? Do roaming charges and restrictions apply? I assume the usual Argentine networks are not available in the Falklands so they would need an agreement with the local one (if you can even get reception there). Who covers the cost of that?

    Posted 6 days ago - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Jo Bloggs

    Marti
    Give me a call; I'd love to chat with you. The question is how to get my number to young not the trolls.

    Posted 6 days ago - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Capt Rockhopper

    The couldn't arrange an orgy in a brothel if they tried.

    Posted 5 days ago - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Livingthedream

    Who in Argentina calls the FI?

    Posted 5 days ago - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    “Who in Argentina calls the FI?”

    Apparently a lot of people and not all of them with pleasant intentions. I tried recently (from Santa Cruz province, and with friendly intentions) and all my attempts were blocked.

    Evidently there have been so many recent harassment calls to the islands from Argentina using the “domestic call” rates that now it seems calls are being blocked.

    Posted 5 days ago - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kipper

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Posted 4 days ago - Link - Report abuse -4
  • HughJuanCoeurs

    Poor old Kipper. It used to be Hepathetic with the old “England will return the Malvinas within 25 years” BS. Let me enlighten you.
    #1 Yes, we have no Malvinas... (Chile has some though)
    #2 England doesn't have the wherewithal to return the FALKLANDS (please learn the difference between “England” and “The United Kingdom of Great Britain”)
    #3 The United Kingdom of Great Britain won't be returning the Falklands to Argentina without the express wishes and permission of the Falkland Islanders.
    #4 It ain't going to happen.

    Posted 3 days ago - Link - Report abuse 0

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