Extortionate roaming charges for using your mobile phone whilst abroad will be cut from July. The European Parliament has approved a series of caps designed to reduce the difference between domestic and foreign call rates to virtually nothing by 2015.
As well as reducing the cost of making calls from abroad and receiving calls from home, there will be a cut to the price of data roaming.
The current cap on mobile calls will come down from 29p per minute to 23p per minute from July 1st and should fall to around 15p by the summer of 2014. The cost of sending a text should come down to just 7p from July 1st.
At present there is no limit on the cost of mobile internet use (data roaming), which can often lead to enormous bills, however from July 1st there will be a cap of 58p per megabyte, this will fall to around 16p in 2014.
These caps will only apply to mobile phones used inside the EU. Customers that go outside the EU will receive a message when they are approaching a data download charge of £40.
One Labour MEP, Peter Skinner, commented: ‘Brits travelling abroad this summer will really feel the difference in their pocket. It will be cheaper to make a call, send a text or check Facebook or the football scores online. When you’re travelling, you often want to download data, to find out about places to visit, for example. So there will be a dramatic reduction in prices, particularly for internet use.’
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