European Commission to have a nice crackdown on 'data roaming' costs
You there! You've been paying TOO MUCH MONEY FOR THINGS! You knew that, so it's scarcely news. However, the European Commission have noticed too, with regard to data roaming charges. This means they'll be having a crackdown on "outrageous" charges for using the internet when travelling in the EU.
Even though the Commission have only just declared a bunch of cuts in mobile roaming charges, Brussels have decided to up the ante against network operators. The want further cuts.
Basically, the Commission want consumers to pay less than the current £2 per megabyte average when downloading abroad on another mobile group's network (in some instances, it can be as high as £10.70).
So what does that mean? Well, by MEPs and EU sorts have agreed that the maximum operators should be able to charge (from July 1 next year) will be 80p per megabyte, with a further fall in price from July 2014 to 45p per megabyte.
There's also talk that consumers will be able to opt for cheaper mobile roaming contracts which are separate from their national mobile contract while using the same phone number and SIM card, which is encouraging indeed.
EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, says: "This proposal tackles the root cause of the problem - the lack of competition on roaming markets - by giving customers more choice and by giving alternative operators easier access to the roaming market. It would also bring down prices for data roaming, where operators currently enjoy outrageous profit margins."