Hey Britons! Cheaper roaming charges as of July!
Going on holiday this summer? Lucky sod. You're obviously made of money. Either way, you're set to make some savings this year because roaming charges are going to be cheaper from July in the EU.
Bill caps will come into play on July 1st, which basically means that if you're travelling to Europe with a smartphone, you'll have cheaper internet access. The EU reckon that the typical family “at least” €200 (£160) or, if you're a typical businessman, the EU predict you'll save around €1,000 (£800) a year.
From summer, telcos will only be allowed to charge 70 cents (56p) per megabyte of data, plus VAT. In 2009, the charges were six times that amount, so this is a big deal. There'll be further cuts and by 2014, the maximum cost of downloading data will be cheaper by 20 cents per megabyte.
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President at the European Commission, said that with these price caps, the EC had “created a roaming market for the smartphone generation. More than that, we have ended to rip-offs familiar to anyone who has used a mobile phone while traveling abroad.”
He added that consumers will be able to choose a “separate roaming provider” when they travel. “If you can find a better offer compared to your standard contract you’ll be able to do it in a few simple swipes, just like when you choose a wi-fi network.”