Roaming charges slashed by EU

data_roaming New EU rules regarding roaming charges are in play today, which means that it'll be cheaper for us all to make calls, send texts and use data when we're on our holidays!

The new price caps will make the maximum cost of calling another EU territory 20p (€0.24) with the receiving a call costing no more than 6p (€0.07). Text messages can now cost no more than 7p (€0.08) to send or receive, which is decent enough.

These caps also apply to data usage, with the rate now set at 38p (€0.45) per megabyte, which is good news if you need to use Google Maps (or whatever) when you're overseas.

There's still work to be done, with the European Commission wanting to abolish all roaming fees within the EU. They want to create a single European telecoms market, and this seems to be their first steps in achieving that.

The vice president of the Commission said: "The EU has to be relevant to people's lives. The latest price cuts put more money in your pocket for summer, and are a critical step towards getting rid of these premiums once and for all.”

“This is good for both consumers and companies, because it takes fear out of the market, and it grows the market."


  • RodC
    Presumably UKIP members will refuse to pay lower tariffs and insist on continuing to pay much higher costs?
  • fra
    38p per Mb, so that £380 per Gb, hardly cheap!
  • gareth
    if they are the maximum charges, why did i get a text from orange with their reducted prices still being more than the "maximum" allowed?

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