EU moots 14% tax on GPS or TV enabled handsets

TrustedReviews: The EU has certainly done some nice things for us lately – particularly when it comes to roaming charges – but it is now back in our bad books again…

According to Fudzilla which has kindly translated the untranslatable Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter the EU commission is preparing a vote on levying a 14 per cent import tax on all mobile phones which include a GPS receiver or mobile TV functionality.

The move will apparently be an extension to a little known existing EU tax which sees a similar rate imposed on devices which can be used as a TV with an external tuner.

Unsurprisingly, the motivation for the new tax is said to come after pressure from GPS manufacturers in Germany and Holland (no prizes for guessing the brands I’d suspect).


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