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A bid to slash phone bills for two million Scots was unveiled yesterday.

ScottishPower have promised to cut charges by a quarter through their new arm, Scottish Telecom.

The power giants aim to challenge BT and say phone users will save up to pounds 50 on a bill of pounds 200 if they switch to them today.

Chief executive Rod Matthews said: "Customers have been paying too much."

And he revealed their new service would also offer a special "Scottish rate".

Matthews added: "It is unfair that calls between Glasgow and Edinburgh are charged at the same rate as between Edinburgh and London."

For a five-minute evening call from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the firm will charge 18.2p - 22 per cent below BT's standard 23.25p.

The firm will cut costs by beaming in calls using roof dishes, bypassing connection charges.

It is the latest step in ScottishPower's drive to become a "super-utility" - with people able to buy electricity, gas and now phone services from a one-stop shop.

BT welcomed news of the competition as "good for customers".

But a spokesman added: "Comparing individual calls is often misleading as many of our customers benefit from discount packages like Friends and Family."
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Author:Calder, Colin
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 28, 1997
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