Consumers cut mobile phone extras to face crisis

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About 40 percent of North American mobile phone users consider changing the contracted plans they maintain with their operator, if the economic recession continues.

Switching from subscription to prepaid plans or cutting services such as sending MMS messages and accessing the Internet are among the possible strategies indicated in the study conducted by the New Millennium Research Council.

The analysis shows that 26 percent of respondents consider switching their plan to prepaid, while five percent consider cutting back on additional services, such as access to e-mail.

Among data service users, 41 percent are willing to relinquish it if the crisis continues.

According to the study, in the last six months 19 percent of mobile phone users have changed their plan with the operator for reasons related to the recession.