The EU plans to drop roaming charges by June 2017, tariffs to be lowered next April

The EU plans to drop roaming charges by June 2017, tariffs to be lowered next April
EU officials announced today plans to drop roaming charges in member states by June 15, 2017. 

Back in June 2013, union officials were set to eliminate roaming charges in member states as early as 2014, although December 2015 was considered a more realistic deadline at the time. According to some reports, member countries tried to delay the move to 2018, and it looks like the EU compromised for 2017.

According to one EU official, heads of state and governments from across the union already endorsed this plan last week, although the plan is still pending an approval by the European Parliament and the European Council.

Before completely dropping mobile roaming charges in 2017, mobile roaming charges across the union will be lowered in April 2016, when maximum tariffs will be lowered 0.05 euros per voice call minute, 0.02 euros per SMS, and 0.05 euros per MB of data.

At the moment, a voice call minute via roaming can cost no more than 0.19 euro, while an SMS is capped at 0.06 euro. Back in 2013, a MB of mobile roaming data was capped to 0.45 euro, with the tariffs dropping even further last year to 0.20 euro per MB.

For EU citizens who do a lot of traveling inside the union, the upcoming elimination of mobile roaming charges can be nothing else but good news. Europe officials certainly made a lot of progress towards has done in the past in the past few years is remarkable. Since 2007, the cost to download data while roaming in the EU has dropped by an impressive 95%.

source: BBC via PCMag

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7 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They said this before and nothing happened.....

2. waddup121 unregistered

"Fo' Real dis time, fo real".

5. Simona unregistered

all is on purpose bcos they saying eem no no not yet .. we wann amooore ,, a bit mooore , noo no still noo still we wanna mooore and mooore and moooree.. That's the human being brain behaviour ..

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

May be you missed the part where roaming prices have hugely go down in Europe since the discussions started. It is (partially) the article, the fact is that they used to be MUCH more expensive.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5747; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Will the EU be around in 2017?

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Ofcourse it will.

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Finally EU

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