More Cuts To EU Roaming Rates Starting July 1

By 11:43 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 Comments

Smartphone users in the European Union have reason to celebrate as the European Commission's goal to abolish roaming fees have come one step closer to reality.

Starting July 1, the highest possible charge for making calls drops 21% from €0.24/min to €0.19/min, while receiving calls will drop from €0.07/min to €0.05/min. Texting will also drop from €0.08/message to €0.06/message, while the most significant decrease will be regarding mobile data usage, where we'll see a whopping 55% decrease from €0.45/Mega Bytes (MB) to €0.20/MB.

All prices are without VAT, but are maximum retail charges, meaning carriers can go lower if they choose to do so.

Last year, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes announced her campaign to discontinue roaming charges in the EU by 2014, including a plan to go a complete telecoms package for all of the EU by Easter this year.

This latest legislation is one step in that direction, gradually allowing telecoms to compensate for the loss in revenue from roaming charges.

Another vital issue which the EC hopes to address is net neutrality. By not allowing ISP's to restrict speed or services such as torrents to users, the Commission hopes to enforce all providers to allow the same quality of service to all member states of the European Union.

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