POSTING SELFIES TO FACEBOOK while you're on holiday just got cheaper after roaming charges in Europe fell by up to 75 per cent over the weekend.
As promised, the European Commission (EC) introduced the roaming charges cap on Saturday, ahead of the complete abolition of roaming charges in June 2017.
Assuming the UK remains part of Europe, this means when travelling across the continent, your mobile provider can now charge you no more than €0.05 extra per minute for outgoing calls, €0.01 per minute for incoming calls, €0.02 per text, and €0.05 extra per MB of data.
Currently, the cap is more than triple that at €0.19 per minute for calls, €0.06 per SMS and €0.20 per MB of data.
"Roughly a million Brits stay the night in Europe every day, and they spend around £350m a year on roaming charges," said Ed Vaizey, the minister for the digital economy.
"So by realising these changes, we're going to save British consumers millions of pounds a year."
The EC is lauding the move as not only good for snap-happy consumers, but also for companies that do business across Europe.
"The measure will create a better environment for businesses and for innovation. The new rules will notably promote the cross-border use of connected devices and services (e.g. connected cars) and boost the evolution of mobile apps on which one million Europeans now work," it said.
"Roaming charges currently teach users to switch off their mobile phone when abroad. If they are not afraid of their bills anymore, they will use their devices more regularly when they are travelling. This means more opportunities for online businesses and startups to provide services to consumers when they travel in the EU."
These caps will remain in place until June of next year, when roaming fees will be abolished completely. As of June 15th, 2017, it will be illegal for Europe's telecoms to hit customers with roaming fees, and they will instead be forced to charge the same prices that calls, texting, and data would cost locally. µ
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