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EU plans to scrap mobile roaming charges

Caroline Baldwin

A group of 27 European Commissioners has voted to end roaming charges for calls, texts and mobile data.

The proposals suggest that by July 2014 users will not have to pay extra when using their mobiles within the European Union, according to The Telegraph.

The proposal is an attempt to unite the European telecoms market which currently has 100 operators, compared with four in the US.

Officials expect the end of roaming charges will take 2% of operator revenues, but argue that operators will gain long term as more customers will use their mobiles abroad, rather than boycotting their service altogether to avoid high bills.

"Scrapping all roaming charges in EU countries is a real win for consumers. Not only will we be better protected from bill shock, but the doors will be open to foreign networks looking for a piece of the market in Britain, which could mean cheaper mobile deals too,” said Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com.


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