EC ends roaming rip-offs

The European Parliament has set new caps on roaming charges in Europe to take effect on July 1st.

The cap on mobile Internet roaming is now 70 eurocents a megabyte. At present there is no limit on what companies can charge for mobile Internet roaming. That will fall to 45 cents on July 1st 2013 and to 20 cents on July 1, 2014.

The roaming cap for making a voice call will fall to 29 cents a minute on July 1 from 35 cents now, and to 19 cents a minute by July 1, 2014.

The cap for receiving a voice call while roaming will fall to 8 cents per minute in July from 11 cents now, and to 5 cents by July 2014.

The roaming cap for sending a text message will fall to 9 cents in July from 11 cents now and to 6 cents by 2014.

“We have ended rip-offs familiar to anyone who has used a mobile phone while travelling abroad,” says EC vp Neelie Kroes,

Kroes added that, from 2014, roamers will be able to choose, on the fly, any network they wish to use – a move which, it is hoped, will bring down charges due to increased competition.

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