Mobile roaming charges to be scrapped

28 October 2015

roam Mobile phone roaming charges in the EU are going to be scrapped by the middle of 2017, after European MPs formally approved the ruling.

The first thing we'll notice is a significant cut in the charges from some point in April 2016. Then, there'll be the full changes in June 2017. That means, if you're in the EU, it should cost you the same to call and text people, as it does in your home country.

About time too.

This is great news if you're on holiday and want to mess about on your phone, watching YouTube videos while sat on the beach or whatever. It means that consumers won't have huge shocks when they get their phone bills if they've been away.

From next April, roaming fees – charged in addition to domestic prices – will be capped at 0.05 euros (3p) per minute, and texts will be capped at 0.02 euros (1p) and for data at 0.05 euros (3p) per MB of data, excluding VAT. When mid-2017 rolls around, the charges will be scrapped completely.

There's also some new EU rules on net neutrality too, which will see people able to look at whatever they like on the internet, without being blocked or having their connection throttled.

European Commission vice president Andrus Ansip said: "The voice of Europeans has been heard. Today's vote is the final result of intense efforts to put an end to roaming charges in the European Union and to safeguard the open internet."

Conservative MEP Vicky Ford added: "Ending mobile roaming fees from 2017 will be welcomed by millions of people, as they will be able to use their apps, make calls and send a text just as if they were at home. We have also ensured important safeguards to prevent excessive usage, and to make sure that phone operators are not forced to offer roaming services at a loss, meaning that domestic customers do not end up subsidising those customers who travel."

"We have achieved a sensible timescale that gives mobile operators the time to sort out the marketplace in preparation for the abolition of roaming fees."

TOPICS:   Travel   Mobile


  • squiffy
    Probably makes the most difference and benefit for those that live on the borders of a country , less of an issue in UK, but obviously great for holidays.
  • Mr C.
    This will obviously cost mobile operators money, can't help but feel they will just find other ways to cover their losses by, for example, increasing standard call costs, line rental, or reducing inclusive stuff.

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