EU Roaming Charges – The Small Print

Thought you were going to have cheap(er) calls from abroad this summer?

If you thought that introduction of the proposed EU roaming charge cuts was going to be a simple affair, you were sadly mistaken. While at face value many of us may have been under the impression that as of September excessive roaming charges would be history, which is some respects is true; thanks to contact from Internet telephony company Jajah – which has actually read the small print in the EU’s policy, we’re now aware that the actual situation is somewhat different.

While the companies such as T-Mobile and Orange intend to notify customers that the EU is stipulating a reduction in roaming charges, they won’t actually reduce them to under the limits until August 30th and only then if requested to do so. Even better, if you don’t ask for your charges be reduced, you’ll be paying full-wack until the 30th of September. Even with Gordon on holiday I can practically hear his screams of indignation.

Jajah (made famous by its compatibility with LG Prada handsets), is putting itself forward as a significantly cheaper solution, even after the cuts. Jajah’s service is basically an extension of VoIP telephony that calls your phone before connecting you to your destination meaning that you could even use a hotel phone with it and not be charged through the nose. In a lot of cases Jajah won’t cost you a penny, so I hope Orange, my personal network, can fight back by letting me use my bundled minutes anywhere worldwide without additional charge. Please?


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