UK mobile operators have revealed they are 'unlikely' to start charging users to receive calls.

The response came following comments made by European commissioner Viviane Reding suggesting that operators should decide whether a US-style system, in which mobile phone users are charged for calls they receive, should be implemented in Britain.

Vodafone told ZDNet.co.uk: "The likelihood of any new radical pricing is pretty slim".

Orange and T-Mobile agreed with Vodafone, both stating they had no plans to charge customers for incoming calls while O2 said "any move to such a system [receiving party pays, or RRP] would need to take place across the EU at once, in order not to distort the market".