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European Carriers Want Google, Facebook to Contribute to Mobile Data Costs

It's safe to say that the advent of smartphones for the masses has resulted in a huge spike in mobile data consumption. Before smartphones became widely available, it was mainly only businessmen and the technologically inclined that used cell data. Now, with smartphones being the status quo, everyone is checking their email, their Facebook and their Twitter on their phone.

This has put a huge strain on carriers' networks, and European carriers are blaming the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook for the added pressure. In fact, they're even demanding that the aforementioned three contribute to the cost of network updates to help them handle the extra weight.

Bloomberg reports that several major European carriers, including Vodafone and France Telecom, want service providers like Google and Apple to supplement the cost of network operations.

"Service providers are flooding networks with no incentive" to cut costs, France Telecom Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard is quoted by Bloomberg as saying. "It’s necessary to put in place a system of payments by service providers as a function of their use."

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