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Mobile Phone Roaming Charges

by Mick 0 Comments

On 11 September 2013, the European Commission adopted a legislative package for a “Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market” as part of the Digital Single Market initiative. Part of this initiative is remove the burden of roaming charges.

Details on the Connected Continent legislative package can be found at

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/node/67489/#roaming

In October 2015, after more than 2 years of negotiations, MEPs voted to end mobile phone roaming charges across the EU (passed into law) which will cease to exist by 15 June 2017. This means that UK mobile phone users will pay the same prices when travelling across EU member countries, as they do at home.

roamingcharges

From April 30 2016 operators are only able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices up to €0.05 per minute of call made, and up to €0.0114 per minute of call received, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per MB of data (excl. VAT)

Footnote:

I noticed that for my own mobile phone PAYG account in the UK prices changed on 23rd March 2016 from

10p per minute for calls, 6p per text message and 20p per day for 20MB of data

to

15p per minute for calls, 5p per text message and 5p per MB of data.

When travelling recently in another EU country (after 30th April) I can verify that prices in that country were set at these (increased) prices, so I can confirm that I am paying exactly the same in the EU as I do in the UK.

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