Mobile roaming tariffs

Data roaming charges across EU tumble

Clare McDonald

Data roaming charges in the EU have fallen by more than 50% as new caps came into force limiting roaming charges for calls, texts and mobile data in Europe.

The capping rules were set earlier this year by the European Parliament, which voted to end roaming tariff fees across the EU as part of its goal of creating a single telecoms market.

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It will now cost a maximum of €0.20 per megabyte to download data or browse the internet when travelling abroad; 12 months before the current cap came into effect, the cost was up to €0.45 per MB.

Roaming costs for text messages and calls have also been capped. The maximum outbound call cost is now 15p a minute and text messages are capped at 6p.

According to the European Commission website, operators also have to send a warning to users when they reach 80% of their data roaming bill limit so they do not receive unexpectedly large bills.

In April this year, the European Parliament proposed to abolish roaming charges completely on SMS messages, voice calls and data by 15 December 2015 in order to end competition between rival providers and provide customers with a fairer and more regulated service.


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