Texters charged for the síneadh fada
Mobile phone users who text in Irish claim they are being ripped off for using the national language.
They say it is cheaper to send a photo than it is to send a “fada”.
Vodafone confirmed yesterday users would be charged for three text messages if they include a single síneadh fada in a text of 160 characters.
Operators say texts are charged according to the data used, as opposed to the number of characters. Messages with characters in Irish or Mandarin, for instance, use more characters than a standard text in English.
O2 and Vodafone say they conform to global standards set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, which defines the basic list of SMS alphabet characters and symbols.