Saturday 25 October 2014

The number’s up: Europe votes to end roaming charges

‘This vote is the EU delivering for citizens. This is what the EU is all about – getting rid of barriers to make life easier and less expensive.’

Published 03/04/2014 | 11:38

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THE EUROPEAN Parliament has voted “to end roaming charges, expand consumer rights and make it easier to create better telecoms”.

Roaming charges will be ended across Europe by Christmas 2015

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "This vote is the EU delivering for citizens. This is what the EU is all about – getting rid of barriers to make life easier and less expensive.”

“Nearly all of us depend on mobile and internet connections as part of our daily lives.

“We should know what we are buying, we should not be ripped-off, and we should have the opportunity to change our mind. Companies should have the chance to serve all of us, and this regulation makes it easier for them to do that. It’s win-win.”

"In 2010 I promised to end roaming charges by the end of 2015, and now we are one step away from achieving that result."

"Beyond the highly visible barrier of roaming we are now close to removing many other barriers so Europeans can enjoy open, seamless communications wherever they are".

EU Member States will now continue to review the regulation and the Commission expects final agreement of the Regulation by end of 2014.

Extra charges for using your mobile abroad will be cut by up to 55pc from July before the charges are scrap altogether in 2015.

Mobile phone operators have warned the new regulations could lead to higher domestic tariffs if they can no longer charge extra for roaming.

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