No Free Calls, Says BT's Bonfield

LONDON (04/13/2000) - British Telecommunications PLC (BT) has no plans to introduce free local calls, according to Peter Bonfield, the chief executive officer of the U.K.'s former monopoly carrier.

Bonfield made his comments in an interview on the Today program on the British Broadcasting Corp.'s Radio 4, while discussing the restructuring plans his company announced today. [See "BT to Restructure, Spin Off Business and Expand," today's wire.]In response to recent rumors that BT was considering changing its billing system from metered calling to a U.S. style model with flat rate local calls, Bonfield stated that BT had no plans on going that far.

"I don't think there is anything we're going to do with free local telephony calls," he said. "We're trying to balance up the positioning of our pricing so it is fair to all our customers."

When questioned further, Bonfield replied "It's not in the pipeline."

BT, in London, is at +44-20-7356-5000, or at http://www.bt.com/. The British Broadcasting Corp., located in London, can be contacted at +44-20-7240-3456 or at http://www.bbc.co.uk/.

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