EU data roaming charges to be abolished by 2017

Updated on 30 June 2015 | 0 Comments

Roaming charges to be banned almost two years late.

The EU has provisionally agreed to end mobile roaming charges in all 28 member states from June 15th 2017, almost two years after it originally proposed to.

As of April 2016 roaming charges will fall to €0.05 (3.5p) per minute for making calls, €0.02 per text and €0.05 per data, excluding VAT, as part of an interim period before an outright ban.

This will make roaming 75% cheaper, according to the EU. 

Roaming charges were due to be scrapped by the end of 2015 originally, before a U-turn from the authorities.

Charges still too high

At the moment, prices are capped at €0.19, €0.06 and €0.20 respectively and that’s where they’ll remain this summer.

Research from Uswitch found that a fifth of holidaymakers still come home from an EU trip to find an extra £61 on their phone bill - that’s a total of £573 million UK-wide. One in six had to pay over £100 more on top of their regular bill.

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