There will be no more roaming fees in Europe starting July 2014

There will be no more roaming fees in Europe starting July 2014
Europeans will no longer have to pay expensive roaming fees when they travel across the 27 countries of the European Union. Europe official voted to accelerate a huge ongoing telecom reform that will allow citizens of the EU to use their phones abroad at prices just like the ones they pay at their home country.

“They agreed that this time next year we will have got rid of these charges,” a source in Brussels said British publication The Telegraph.

Europe is scrapping roaming fees for voice calls, text messages and Internet access starting from as soon as July 1st, 2014

Update: That is the earliest expected date when the legislation could go into force. That does not mean this would necessarily happen that quickly, though. Sources for The Next Web cast doubt saying while it's possible for the bill to be enforced that soon, 2015 might be a more likely deadline, and it's even possible for the whole process to finalize as late as in 2017.


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.


“There are around 100 operators in Europe and only four in the US. That’s not sustainable if we’re going to have a single market and investment. Europe has less 4G mobile broadband than Africa at the moment,” the same source explained. The European Government sees the fragmented carrier situation as a hurdle in the way of needed investment. “Consolidation is not the aim. The aim is a single market, but if it means we get fewer, stronger operators, that’s good.”

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

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10 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So much win. Epic.

2. ottje

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

great new paid 300euros just of 2weeks holidays in Spain,from Nederland

5. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Or from Belgium to the Netherlands! Of van Belgie naar Nederland! Greetzz. Groetjes.

3. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 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.[37] 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.[38][39] 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: Mar 17, 2012

So fortunate are people living in EU. For now I know EU really deserved the noble prize for the year.

6. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 65; Member since: Jun 06, 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: Jun 18, 2012

This is absolutely awesome!!! Now, for us in the US the robbery goes on...

9. moolotovzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 12, 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: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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

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