Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Today Roaming Costs Less
Today roaming gets cheaper. Thanks to Neelie Kroes, roaming charges to make a call are capped at 15p per minute, receiving a call is 4pm a minute, texts 7p and mobile data can’t cost more than 16p per MB.
In Euros the charges are: €0.19 per minute to make a call, €0.05 per minute to receive calls, €0.06 to send a text and €0.20 per MB.
That has been brought down from yesterday’s levels of €0.24, €0.07, €0.08 and €0.45 respectively.
By the end of next year, Kroes plans to have abolished roaming charges altogether.
Kroes has been criticised for depriving the operators of income which they need to invest adequately in the networks, but the outrageously high charges which operators used to charge for roaming lost them all public sympathy.