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Europe to put an end to outlandish roaming charges

0. phoneArena posted on 30 Mar 2012, 04:42

Up until now international roaming has been the gold mine for carriers all across the world with outlandish charges bringing huge profits to carriers. This will come to an end…

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posted on 30 Mar 2012, 04:57 4

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I'm never one for statist interference in the free market, but international roaming is f**king ridiculous. Voice networks are virtually all in place, the few thousands to millions of turistas milling about on international networks won't break them. The per megabyte charge is still unbelievable, as the average usage for a smartphone user ranges in the 600 megabyte area per month, which would be roughly 600 dollars of roaming charges.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 10:07

6. exotica6279 (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)

Nope if they you 600MB the charge is $11,994 dollars for that data that they use. If you get a data plan from AT&T to cover that it's 199.99 for 800MB of data, but the charge is prorated also there not charged the full amount and they get all the included data. Still .93 per MB is less than AT&T's current pay per use package which is $2/MB. So they might be able to set up some better plan once this goes in effect.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 07:33 2

2. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

tourist cant or have the time to "shop" around, and its stupid that they get ripped off. This is a great move forward.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 08:34

3. dawolf (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)

hear hear

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 09:12

4. Beholder88 (Posts: 85; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

I'm glad to see this happening. I work for a carrier here in the states, and you can hear the frustration over the phone when you tell a customer whose going on vacation what the possible charges could be. It's honestly a ripoff. over $20 per MB? Really?

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 10:00

5. exotica6279 (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)

I always advised customer how to turn their data off on the phone directly and advised them to use wifi. My guess that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, & T-mobile wont be effected by this change. If this happens it would be like the health Care bill to congress is to them. You'll see lobbyist working there ways into court to appeal "stating that it unconstitutional." I hope the States adopt this venture it would be very interesting to me to see how things go. The real question of the matter is will the UK bill pass. Politics are very complicated they might actually fight them on this because it effects their profits.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 10:20 1

7. johnny9000 (Posts: 50; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

Every US carrier charges incredible roaming rates, especially for data, but it's just as bad for voice in "less traveled" countries, and even with a international voice plan those country rates don't drop much (if at all). And then there is cruise ship roaming. There are no voice plans for cruise ships, you just pay out the butt if you make or receive calls while on one. The only advantage AT&T has over Verizon is that its cell phones work in a lot more countries than Verizon, but with those international rates I'm not sure I'd want my phone to work.

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