Tuesday, October 27, 2015

European Parliament Approves End to Mobile Roaming Charges

The European Parliament has ratified an end to wholesale mobile roaming charges by June 2017 and also set net neutrality  rules for the first time in EU law.

For consumers, the new rules mean that, starting 15 June 2017, EU mobile customers will pay home rates for voice, texting and mobile data when traveling within the EU, subject to a fair use cap that is not yet defined.

Since the EU took action in 2007, prices that consumers pay for roaming across calls, texting and data have decreased by over 80 percent.

Data roaming is now up to 91 percent cheaper compared to 2007, with perhaps predictable results:  the volume of the data roaming market has grown by 630 percent.

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