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

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.

Of course, you’ll want a good handset to take advantage of these new rules, so give our smartphone group test video a look: