European roaming fees set to disappear from July 2014


One of the great things about living in Europe is that air travel between EU countries is stupidly cheap. In fact, I could more than likely get to a German city and back cheaper than I’d get a train to London. It’s that cheap. However, using mobile phones outside the UK can still cost a fair penny as none of the on-the-continent usage is included in your calling plan. So, any texts, calls or data I use in Germany (sticking with the theme) are charged on top of my regular allowance. Granted, it’s still much cheaper than if I was to use the same allowance outside the EU, but still, it’s not exactly wallet-efficient.

Thankfully, that’s all about to change. New legislation is being pushed through to completely scrap EU roaming fees in all 27 countries in the continent. Obviously this only applies to EU residents. If you fly in from the States, Australia or where ever, you’ll still get charged exorbitant fees for using your phones here. But, from July 2014, anyone who lives in Europe will be able to hop as many borders within the continent as they like, safe in the knowledge that they won’t have a scary phone bill waiting for them when they get home.

As reported by The Telegraph:

Consumers will next year be able to use their mobile phones across the European Union for the same price as at home, it is planned, after officials voted to fast-track major reforms of telecoms regulation.

Roaming fees for voice calls, texts and internet access will effectively be completely scrapped under the proposals, which are part of a broader effort to create a single European telecoms market … 

Do you think we’ll ever see a day when global roaming fees are completely done away with, or is EU-wide as good as it’s going to get?

Via: The Telegraph

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