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EU roaming charges are going to disappear, and we know when


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No more ludicrous post-holiday bills...

The European Union has declared that roaming charges will be banned as of June 2017.

Currently, network providers can charge hefty fees for customers using mobile data abroad.

However, once the change goes into effect, making calls, sending texts, or browsing the web in the 28 EU member countries will no longer incur extra charges.

Under the agreement, roaming surcharges in the European Union will be abolished as of June 15, 2017,” said a statement from Latvia, the country which currently holds the rotating EU presidency.

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EU lawmakers discussed the matter for a total 12 hours, with the deal finally brokered at 2am this morning.

The EU also decided that from April 30, 2016, roaming fees will be capped. This means companies can only charge 0.05 euros per minute for calls, 0.02 euros for SMS messages, and 0.05 euros for every megabyte of data used.

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June 30, 2015, 11:56 am

As much as this appears a victory for sanity, one can't help feeling that the mobile carriers are just going to slap their charges on other aspects of their service.


June 30, 2015, 11:57 am

2017?! That may be quick by EU standards, but it's a stupidly long time to wait to bring this legislation into force.


June 30, 2015, 1:32 pm

Good. The trouble with having the charges on roaming fees is that they are insulated from competitive pressure - which of us really looks at roaming fees when we choose our supplier? Hence they get away with completely surreal data roaming charges.

Whereas if they have nowhere to stick those costs other than on the headline monthly figure, you bet they will be under the cosh of market competition, which will impose its own discipline.

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