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European roaming charges fall by more than 50 percent

EC pledges to rid of costs altogether
Tue Jul 01 2014, 10:52
Mobile roaming charges can be very expensive

ROAMING CHARGES across Europe have dropped more than 50 percent from today, as the European Union (EU) pushes towards eliminating the charges altogether.

Following similar price cuts that took place this time last year, and an announcement from European Commission (EC) last week, roaming charges in Europe have dropped more than 50 percent from Tuesday.

The cost of making a call has slumped  21 percent to 19 cents per minute, while receiving a call is almost 30 percent cheaper, down from seven to five cents. Sending a text message has dropped a quarter to six cents, while the cost of data has been slashed by 55.5 percent - from 45 cents per megabyte to just 20 cents.

What's more, from today, operators across Europe can offer specific roaming deals before you travel - allowing you to pick a local mobile provider in the country that you are visiting.

This dramatic price cut follows a survey that the EC carried out in February, which found that less than 10 percent people use their phones abroad the same way that they do at home, due to the fear of receiving a shockingly high bill.

Just as it promised last year, the EC has made sure to point out that it is working on new rules to "eliminate roaming charges altogether".

European Commission VP @NeelieKroesEU, who is responsible for the Digital Agenda said, "This huge drop in data roaming prices will make a big difference to all of us this summer. But it is not enough. Why should we have roaming charges at all in a single market?

"By the end of this year I hope we see the complete end of roaming charges agreed - the parliament has done their part, now it is up to member states to seal the deal!" µ


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