A new ruling by the European Union will make using your phone abroad much cheaper. The regulations that come into effect on July 1st will cap data roaming at 70p per Mb, an all time low. Policy makers are expected to further lower this fee year on year until it falls to 20p per Mb in 2014.
Under the new regulations, making calls will not set you back more than 29p per minute, while receiving calls will cost 8p minute. The maximum cost of sending a text message is set at 9p. As a comparison, UK provider O2 currently charges £3 per Mb, or £40 for a 50Mb one-off data allowance.
Until the new rules come into action, it will remain cheaper to purchase a local SIM card in the country you are visiting. For this you may need to provide photographic ID.
The move is expected to receive a warm welcome among EU residents, many of whom have suffered “bill shock” in the past after using mobile phones abroad.
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