EU site lists wireless roaming charges

October 4, 2005

Europeans now have a concise Web site they can use to avoid the pitfalls of roaming charges while using their cell phones on the road.

The European Commission Tuesday launched a site listing roaming rates charged by mobile operators throughout Europe with the goal of helping consumers avoid sticker shock on their monthly bills.

EU officials have been complaining about roaming charges they see as simply too high for business travelers who must cross several borders while keeping in touch with clients and home offices. Officials hope the site, europa.eu.int, will make life easier for individual consumers and foster greater competition among mobile operators.

"At a time when we have seen in Europe so much progress in other telecommunications services, the cost of using your mobile phone abroad is hard to believe," EU Information Technology Chief Viviane Reding told reporters in Brussels.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: New technology could fundamentally change future wireless communications

Related Stories

Energous at CES shows wire-free charging tech

January 7, 2015

Once upon a time the hassle of looking for a plug to charge your phone was not that big a deal. In 2015, the phone is but one of numerous devices a person may have to power up. Charging is a hassle not only for phones; there ...

Why the SIM card has had its day

March 5, 2015

The small microchips known as "subscriber identity modules" or SIM cards that are required for mobile phones to log on to a phone network will soon be 25 years old. While mobile phones and network technology have progressed ...

Celebrations of place anchor free-floating Internet

May 6, 2014

The Internet has fallen in love with place. From wildly popular Instagrammers like the photographer behind Humans of New York, to globe-trotters leaving digital travel notes on the story-sharing site Findery, to cloud-based ...

EU reform to scrap mobile roaming fees

April 3, 2014

The European Parliament on Thursday endorsed a sweeping package of EU telecommunications reforms, including a much-awaited measure to end roaming charges for cross-border mobile phone use.

Recommended for you

First detection of lithium from an exploding star

July 29, 2015

The chemical element lithium has been found for the first time in material ejected by a nova. Observations of Nova Centauri 2013 made using telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory, and near Santiago in Chile, help to explain ...

Researchers discover new type of mycovirus

July 29, 2015

Researchers, led by Dr Robert Coutts, Leverhulme Research Fellow from the School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire, and Dr Ioly Kotta-Loizou, Research Associate at Imperial College, have discovered ...

Rogue wave theory to save ships

July 29, 2015

Physicists have found an explanation for rogue waves in the ocean and hope their theory will lead to devices to warn ships and save lives.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.