Europe roaming fees cut in time for summer hols

Jun 27, 2013
Tourists within Europe can use their smartphones without fear of an outrageous bill waiting at home starting from this year's summer holidays, as the European Union is cutting maximum mobile data roaming rates by 36 percent next week.

Tourists within Europe can use their smartphones without fear of an outrageous bill waiting at home starting from this year's summer holidays, as the European Union is cutting maximum mobile data roaming rates by 36 percent next week.

The new rules, which come into effect on Monday, mean that roaming within the EU will now be up to 91 percent cheaper in 2013 than it was in 2007, the European Commission said in a statement on Thursday, billing its drive to cut prices as an effort "to be relevant to people's lives".

It will be "cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check emails and update social networks while travelling," it said.

Roaming downloads will now cost 45 euro cents per megabyte, will cost 24 cents a minute plus value-added tax and sending a text message will cost eight cents plus VAT.

The most drastic change in mobile charges will be in Croatia—which becomes the EU's 28th member state on Monday.

The cost for data roaming there will be 15 times lower from July and calling elsewhere in the EU will be 10 times cheaper.

"Operators are free to offer cheaper rates, and some have already begun to remove roaming premiums altogether for voice and SMS," the Commission said in its statement.

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maxb500_live_nl
1 / 5 (1) Jun 28, 2013
Great development. Now finish those new proposals making sure companies can`t skip on their taxes and make sure laws about retirement and employment become EU wide standards and we will enter a new golden age. The now scale up towards a single EU wide patent system will certainly be paying off big time with costs reduced up to 40 fold. These kinds of developments are extremely crucial for long term European growth, stability and boosting innovation.
Eikka
not rated yet Jun 28, 2013
Roaming downloads will now cost 45 euro cents per megabyte


That's still completely outrageous, seeing that a simple youtube video will cost you 20-30 euros. The only difference is that now you can't accidentally bankcrupt yourself by downloading a software update for your phone.