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EU voice and data roaming charges will fall next week

But are still too high
Thu Jun 27 2013, 16:45
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THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) has revealed its latest mobile roaming caps that will come into force from 1 July, which include a 45 cent per megabyte (MB) limit on data charges.

The EC has tried to convince mobile operators to lower the cost of ludicrous roaming fees within the European Union. While some operators plan to discontinue roaming charges altogether, the commission is lowering the cap on voice, data and SMS pricing from 1 July, with data charges falling significantly.

According to the cap, roaming data charges will be limited to 45 cents per MB, a drop from 2012 rates of 70 cents per MB. The commission set a limit of 24 cents per minute on calls made and seven cents per minute for calls received, while SMS messages will cost a maximum of eight cents each.

Mobile operators can charge less than the EC's upper limit, but given that these are the same telecom firms that like to charge people for both making and receiving calls, that is unlikely.

European Commission VP 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."

The commission has already said that it will lower the mobile roaming caps further in 2014, with data charges set to be cut by more than half and one MB of data costing no more than 20 cents from 1 July 2014. µ


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