EU to abolish roaming charges
Those rascals at the European Parliament have voted to abolish roaming charges on your phone, by the end of next year. In the meantime, there'll be a new set of reduced fees which will come into play in July, in the middle of the holiday season.
The package now has to go to member states and MEPs are pointedly asking them not to change the details on the vote.
As Europeans, the whole idea of the EU is to open it all up to everyone, so it seems daft that we've not been able to use our phones abroad without incurring additional charges. As everyone becomes increasingly reliant on digital devices, it is about time we were charged reasonably.
This new set of measures is being heralded as a positive step toward ensuring net neutrality for EU citizens and of preventing service providers from discriminating between customers. However, we should keep an eye on them just the same because they're a tricksy bunch of upwardly mobile swine.
Either way, the new rules forbid the blocking, slowing, and degrading of the internet and data packets must be handled in a non- discriminatory way.
European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, who drafted the new rules, was pleased with the parliament’s vote. “I am so pleased we are now just one step away from ending roaming charges and slivering net neutrality for all Europeans,” she said.
December 2015 is the date given when all roaming surcharges will end and, in addition to that, wholesale prices could also be limited after a review next summer.