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EU slashes costs of mobile roaming with lower rates starting Monday

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EU slashes costs of mobile roaming with lower rates starting Monday
Starting on Monday, the cost for travelers in any EU country to use their mobile phone will be lower. The new EU rates for roaming will allow those making a call to pay 17% less for each minute while those receiving a call will pay 12% less each minute. A text message will be 11% cheaper under the new rates.

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.

"The latest price cuts put more money in your pocket for summer, and are a critical step towards getting rid of these premiums once and for all. This is good for both consumers and companies, because it takes fear out of the market, and it grows the market."-Neelie Kroes, vice president, EU

source: TheGuardian

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posted on 30 Jun 2013, 05:34 2

1. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 261; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Buy a local prepaid sim and I bet it'll be even cheaper than these cheaper rates.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:22 4

2. boosook (Posts: 1442; 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…

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 09:45

3. Kriksis (Posts: 93; 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...

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 16:36

4. dsDoan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

The EC dictates prices corporations charge for their services?

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 02:19

6. deacz (Posts: 162; 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.

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