EU to keep mobile roaming charges
We reported a while ago, that the EU was all set to abolish roaming charges. However, that may not be the case now, as they're going to be here for another 3 years.
The pointless and outdated charges were to come into play this summer, but now, roaming charges are going to stay until the end of 2018. And only then, the situation will be reviewed. With the average Brit spending £120 on these charges, this is a bit of a kick in the pants.
The telecoms industry aren't happy about this either, as they say that this will affect their revenues, presumably because holidaymakers will prefer to switch their phones off while abroad, rather than use them. That said, they'll happily take the money of those who do use their phones, so they won't be too annoyed at all this.
A number of consumer groups across Europe, who have joined forces at the BEUC, have called this u-turn 'outrageous' and that 'roaming is not justifiable in a single market.'
Only last year, the UK was planning on getting together with other European countries to sort out a fairer system which would abolish roaming charges, whereas now, everyone's going to have to work out a common position with the European Parliament and Commission before any changes come to the fore.
"EU member states should hang their heads in shame," said Belgian MEP and Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group leader Guy Verhofstadt.