New EU rules introduced by the European Commission at the start of July mean that the cost of making a phone call abroad has fallen by at least 17% a minute with mobile data charges also being reduced by 36% - good news for anyone jetting off to Europe this summer!
The cost of using a mobile phone abroad has historically been very high but the European Commission has been working hard to hammer these costs down since 2007. These new charges (excluding VAT) are now as follows:
- 45 cents (35p) per MB to download data or to browse the internet
- 24 cents (20p) a minute to make a call
- 7 cents (6p) a minute to receive a call
- 8 cents (7p) to send a text message
According to the Commission, these new roaming prices represent a reduction of more than 80% in just six years and demonstrate their determination to respond to the ever-increasing demand for data and connectivity on-the-go. With the data roaming charges now being 36% lower, holidaymakers can look at maps, check their e-mails and send pictures to their loved ones back home at a much lower cost than ever before.
Commenting on the price caps, the EU Commission's Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "The EU has to be relevant to people's lives. The latest price cuts put more money in your pocket for summer, and are a critical step towards getting rid of these premiums once and for all. This is good for both consumers and companies, because it takes fear out of the market, and it grows the market."
This raft of cuts to mobile roaming charges forms an integral part of Neelie Kroes' bid to create a single telecommunications market in the EU and to eradicate all roaming charges between EU countries by 2015. In May, Kroes promised that she would present a "strong package" of telecommunications reforms to the European Parliament this summer, in the hope that they will be adopted before next year's parliamentary elections.
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