This summer European roaming charges will be cut in half

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By Rich Edmonds on 24 Jun 2014 09:49 am EDT
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The European Commission has announced that charges to roam within Europe will fall by as much as 50 percent this summer. The EC is imposing yet another limit on mobile operators, further reducing the caps from July 1 to pave the way for removing roaming charges altogether by 2016. Currently, calls within the EU are capped at 24 euro cents per minute but will fall to 19 cents per minute. More importantly (particularly in 2014 and beyond), the fee for using data abroad is falling too.

For data, from July 1 consumers will be charged a maximum of 20 euro cents per MB, down from 45 cents per MB (this is all before tax). That's a considerable drop, but these figures still aren't enough when it comes to European roaming. The EC desires to demolish roaming charges altogether for EU citizens while travelling through the continent, which would be warmly welcomed by holiday makers who travel to different parts of Europe only to be met by costly phone bills when returning home.

EU Roaming Caps

As well as reduced costs to use your contract abroad, mobile operators will also be able to offer decoupled services, enabling customers to utilize local network for data, but existing packages for calls and SMS. The EC aims to completely banish roaming chargers within Europe by the start of 2016.

Source: The Next Web

34 comments

Have_a_nice_day

This is good news. I'm on Vodafone NL and pay 2 EURO per day abroad when I use my mobile. For that 2 EURO I get 35Mb, 20 minutes calling and 20 SMS. Which I think is quite a good deal. Haven't seen anything cheaper in NL thus far. This new regulation may change this.

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poita316

Used to be a Vodafone NL customer, now KPN, but the carriers here seem to have their prices pretty much evened out. I like these price cuts, but I hardly use my device abroad. And keep in mind, these are companies that want to make a profit so other costs will rise in one way or another.

Dave79

VF Italy is 50 mins 50 sms and unlimted data (slowed after 500MB) @ 3€/day

bert106

In UK, I find Network 3 currently the best network for abroad. £5/€6.20 gets unlimited data for 24hrs. Handy with Skype/BBM/WhatsApp! Plus they have a few countries where there is no difference to usual contracts/rates. But I do welcome free roaming!

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sfor13thlegion

Great news. I really wish the regulators in North America had this on their radar and eliminate roaming charges in North America.

I'm sure Robbers and the like would fight it furiously, but it makes no sense to charge the ridiculous US roaming fees and their travel packages are priced ridiculously too.

Thank god for companies like Roam mobility, but would be nice to eliminate roaming completely.

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willowbeast

I agree. Should be halved or cut out entirely.

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AdamPhotography

Just in Crete & I'm on vodafone UK we pay £2 a day that's €2.49 a day to get same as what we pay for at home (uk) including data & calls & sms bundles I think for a average to high user it's a great deal but a low user it's expensive esp when ur on a local vodafone network. I can't wait to have it abolished all together it will be bliss as I'm in this country for long term & it's going to turn out expensive otherwise

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Prem WatsApp

My dad's gonna love it. Travelling to Europe regularly, has an Aussie wife of Greek descent and likes to buy cheap merch in the Czech Republic ...

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eddy_berry

But... but... what about North America? Europeans already pay less than we do! Now their regulators drop the pricing even more? I can't leave my city without paying ridiculous roaming prices.

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castano22

Don't get your hopes up. This will probably happen in North America in 30 years (Canada will get reduced roaming before the U.S). Better off moving to Europe.

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eddy_berry

What hope up? My hopes are dashed. This news proves our regulators don't care.

Prem WatsApp

Or, no allegations here, get a second paycheck.... ???

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eddy_berry

Ha! You're hilarious.

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Tamellingham

Excellent news.
I was peeved no end a few years ago, when I travelled to Spain from the UK, bringing my Vodafone UK contract. Flew in a Vodafone painted aircraft, and disembarked near Barcelona via a Vodafone sponsored walkway, through to a Vodafone sponsored arrivals hall.
To get stung with ridiculous roaming charges, because Vodafone UK "didn't have a roaming agreement" (Vodafone customer services said)with any Spanish partner.

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smoothrunnings

This doesn't mean anything for North American's either visiting Europe or calling/receiving calls from Europe as the roaming charges don't come from Europe but from the carrier located in North America. (USA/CANADA)

buccaneer54

Ought to be free worldwide. You use mine I use yours. Like Sprint in rural areas .

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BBjer

Roaming Charges for Rogers were eliminated by buying "the appropriate plan" but don't dare go to Europe or Asia or the U.S or we will bend you over. It blows me away that BlackBerry hasn't seen or heard the publics (and likely their own employees) concerns on lack of Dual Sim capability. There's more than enough room in these phones to slap in another Micro Sim slot.

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smoothrunnings

It's called "UNLOCKing" your phone. This way you can put a local SIM in your device. :)

The other option is get MagicJack for Android and connect it to your MJ service, so matter what SIM you use or Wifi connection you can still make calls using MJ without having to pay the LD charges.

dibbis

Go Neelie Kroes

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Sequester#WN

Soon it could make sense to have an Austrian sim card when living in Europe. I think they pay the lowest rates in Europe - less than 10 Euros (approx 13 USD) for a flat rate on calls, texts and data. Unsurpassed.

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root56

Yes one will see that happening a lot. People taking the cheapest mobil company. However that will also mean that there will be more or less the same rate across Europe. There will also probably be an increase in burner phones in countries like Germany were one has to register the sim cards, people will start buying sim cards from other countries were one doesn't have to register.

mendez777

its a cheat, for who pay data plan for roaming nothing change....they promise stop roaming july 2014 and now they say 2016.....

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Superfly_FR

It's half way...

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pkadasi

Is it possible to allow just a few apps' data upon roaming? For example, I would love to have BBM and the email services up an running while being abroad, without all the rest being active in the background.

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Kristijonas

Currently not, but I find it a nice niche for BlackBerry to step in :) ahem, BlackBerry, read this post above, ahem! :D

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pkadasi

I am happy to read your reply. Please people, support this idea! I'm sure that all of us could benefit from such a feature.

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christoph77

Finally!!

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jacdav

Swear something was posted on Crackberry this time last year saying they'd be eliminated completely in Europe?

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Superfly_FR

Hehe, regulation sometimes...
I know at least one person that will enjoy that in the coming months ;) !

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decoy7

Already on an EE extra plan getting free unlimited calls/texts when roaming in Europe/USA...even better is I can call any of those countries when I'm abroad at no extra cost. All the networks knew this was coming ages ago, only some acted pro actively.

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Kristijonas

We love EU!!! :)

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glacier_ice

Would be nice if North American companies were regulated this way. Rogers in Canada is about to raise prices and give less. ($60 plan for 500mb data! Used to get 5gb for this price!!)

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Kenny_C

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beantownwindsorite

This would never happen in the US as our elected officials must do the bidding of their corporate financiers.

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