EU prepares to abolish mobile roaming charges starting mid-2017


European lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday that foresees the abolition of mobile roaming charges across the EU starting in June of this year.

The idea is to cap wholesale charges that telecom operators are currently paying each other, thus forcing users to pay additional roaming charges when connecting to operators based abroad, on top of their talk time and data consumption.

The new initiative is dubbed “Roam like at home” and it currently has a target start date of June 15. Although the entirety of the European Parliament and EU member states are yet to confirm the deal, the EU is very close to abolishing mobile roaming charges across participating territories.

In a statement following Wednesday’s agreement, the Maltese Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy Dr. Emmanuel Mallila said:

“This decision is the final step in a process that started 10 years ago. From next summer, wherever they are travelling in Europe, citizens will be able to make calls, send texts, surf and stay connected. Roam like at home is now a reality.”

Under today’s agreement, on June 15 this year, the wholesale charge of data will from the current 50 euros ($53) per gigabyte of data, down to 7.7 euros ($8.28), the BBC reports. The price swill continue to drop on January 1 of each following year until 2022, when it will have reached 2.5 euros ($2.69).

Calls will drop from 0.05 euros per minute to 0.032 euros on June 15, while the price of text messages will be cut from 0.02 euros to 0.01 euros.

The tariffs will be reviewed biennially, starting from 2017.

source: BBC

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5 Comments

1. ushoda

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

sorry uk...

2. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

i dont know why eu is doing anything since its collapse is 100% going to heppen in next year or two

4. norbie.k

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

in UK you dont pay roaming while traveling in EU (with EE)

5. jcarmstrong23

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

who would you recommend for travel across Europe? i'm going to Barcelona, Porto, London, and Madrid in that order. Vodafone in Spain has a 15 euro plan which is really good, but i'll only be in spain 3 of my 7 days in Europe

6. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Orange has a very cheap plans with good coverage. The big players (Vodafone and Movistar) tend to charge more and worse coverage in rural areas. I travel to Spain every year as well as visit Portugal and I found this to be the best option.

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