Europe to remove all mobile roaming charges by 20172015-06-30 10:15 by Daniela
Tags: roaming, Europe
The European parliament has finally approved a law that will eliminate mobile phone roaming charges throughout the EU starting in June 2017. From April 30, 2016, charges for roaming will be capped at a maximum of €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for SMSs and €0.05 per megabyte for data.
This means that from 15 June 2017 consumers can use their mobile devices when travelling in the EU paying the same prices as at home (domestic prices). For instance, if they pay for a certain package in their country, they will be able to use this service while travelling abroad, with no extra charges.
"It is important that the Internet remains open and neutral, and we now have rules in place on how traffic is managed, to ensure that there is no anticompetitive behavior," said Vicky Ford, a British conservative member of parliament who took part in the negotiations.
However, the law leaves room for abuse - customers could buy a cheaper SIM from another country and use it at home - so there will be a fair use limit when roaming, after which networks can charge you a basic fee.
The new rules should be finalized and then signed off by the European Parliament and Council. They'll then be translated into all EU languages.
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