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Thursday 22 March 2018

New EU limit on roaming data bill for mobiles could save you €354

Roaming data charges on holidays can cost a fortune
Roaming data charges on holidays can cost a fortune
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A FAMILY could save over €354 on their summer holidays because of a new cap on rip-off mobile internet charges when abroad in the European Union.

The EU-wide cap on data-roaming charges to customers comes into force on Monday, meaning mobile companies can't charge more than 45c per MB of data – 61c after VAT.

As a result of the price-slashing move passed by the European Parliament the cost of surfing the net overseas will be a fraction of current rates.

Price comparisons by the EU Commission show the massive savings that will result.

For example, a typical family of four spending a week in Croatia would have racked up a bill of €378 for using a smartphone to check a map five times a day and spending 30 minutes each day on Facebook, as well as uploading one photo and sending one email per day.

But the new lower costs mean that the cost will now plunge to just €24 – saving them €354.

Making calls and sending texts abroad will also become cheaper from Monday.

But customers can still be hit by higher charges if they travel outside the EU.

Irish Independent

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