EU slashes costs of mobile roaming with lower rates starting Monday
The new rules also affect the cost of downloading a map, something many travelers do, checking email and loading pictures. The price for downloading data while roaming will decline by 36% on Monday. Since 2007, the cost to download data while roaming in the EU has dropped by a whopping 91%.
The new rates starting tomorrow, not including taxes, will be 45 cents per MB to surf the web and download data, 24 cents a minute to make a phone call, 7 cents a minute to receive a call and 8 cents to send a text message. The EU says that these rates are down 80% all together since 2007.
1. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 181; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Buy a local prepaid sim and I bet it'll be even cheaper than these cheaper rates.
2. boosook (Posts: 912; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
where are you from? I bet US. People move across europe a lot (some of them, at least), sometimes for work, sometimes for holiday, for as much as just a couple of days to one or two weeks. It's just not feasible, you would need a prepaid sim for every country and you should call all of your friends or customers to tell them "hey, this weekend I'll be in Paris, use my French sim… ". The truth is that carriers milk customers when they go abroad, so the EU parliament is doing the right thing. And sincw everybody uses a smartphone nowadays, the roaming data fares are still too high. With 45 cents per megabyte you would easily spend 50 euros in just one day of google maps usage. They should impose a fare on bundles, such as 5 euros per week for, say, 1gb, or something like that. Carriers would earn money anyway. Actually, they could even earn more because people would start using their phones more when they're abroad. We have removed borders between EU countries and started to use the same currency to incentivate trade and people circulation, but we stull charge people like before the EU was united when it comes to mobile phones…
3. Kriksis (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
Thats so true boosook...
Last year went on a 5 day trip to Belgium, ended up spending about 30 USD on mobile data charges alone, because my mobile operator offer 6 USD a day (max usage per day is 10MB) ...
So yeah I am all for lower roaming costs within EU...
5. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
That's much better than what t-mobile did for me in mexico, 15$ per mb
4. dsDoan (Posts: 215; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
The EC dictates prices corporations charge for their services?
6. deacz (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
Yes and thank god for that. It gets even better 2015 and forward then youll only pay your normal price, no matter what european country your in.
end of fcking scumbag operators charging ppl for thousands of euros when they forget to turn off mobile data.