There will be no more roaming fees in Europe starting July 2014
“They agreed that this time next year we will have got rid of these charges,” a source in Brussels said British publication The Telegraph.
Roaming fees are a huge pain for travelers as voice calls back home could cost more than $1.50 a minute and data charges can easily accumulate to hundreds of dollars (or euros).
European officials have one big goal with this new legislation and that is a radical change towards a stronger market that will adopt innovation faster. Europe was as the fore-front of mobile a few years ago, but it is lagging behind the United States in recent years when it comes to 4G LTE adoption.
Europe’s expect this to lower carrier revenues by 2%, but instead be of a huge benefit to travelers within the 27-nation Union. In exchange for that loss, the legislation offers to make it simpler for carriers to operate across the EU.
source: The Telegraph, The Next Web
2. ottje (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
great new paid 300euros just of 2weeks holidays in Spain,from Nederland
5. Credo (Posts: 657; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Or from Belgium to the Netherlands!
Of van Belgie naar Nederland!
3. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Does this include the Isle of Man? Wikipedia say this about the Isle of Man and the EU:
The Isle of Man holds neither membership nor associate membership of the European Union. Protocol 3 of the UK's Act of Accession to the Treaty of Rome permits trade for Manx goods without tariffs. In conjunction with the Customs and Excise agreement with the UK, this facilitates free trade with the UK. While Manx goods can be freely moved within the EU, capital and services cannot be.
EU citizens are entitled to travel and reside, but not work, in the island without restriction. And Manx citizens – without the hereditary qualification outlined above – are similarly restricted from working in the EU.
Will roaming still apply for travel to Isle of Man? There are no UK opperators that currently function on the Isle of Man without roaming charges. They have their own Mobile Opperators:
Manx telecom & Sure Mobile. As i far as i know, they have their own roaming charges for travel outside the isle of man.
4. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
So fortunate are people living in EU. For now I know EU really deserved the noble prize for the year.
6. Omarc07 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
they should do this with Mexico and canada no roaming charges . That would be aweome if the US carriers worked out a deal like that with Mexican and Canadian carriers.
7. fjftokyo (Posts: 25; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
This is absolutely amazing I for one am saving up to on a vacation to the UK and ride the bullet trains to Paris France and Madrid Spain and with no roaming fees I'll be saving tons of money with a pre paid phone
8. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
This is absolutely awesome!!! Now, for us in the US the robbery goes on...
9. moolotovzz (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
I am Lithuanian and I remember when I went to Poland, 1 MB of data was costed ~25lt (about $10).. Same year I went to Netherlands.. 1 MB was costed 1.25lt ($0.46) You do both - geograthy AND math :DD
10. wumberpeb (Posts: 392; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
I don't see how this would work out as fairly in the US, but I'd love to see it happen... nearly the entire country is covered but