Mobile internet ‘roaming’ costs fall by 50pc

New EU roaming fees comes into force from July 1


The price of browsing the world wide web on a mobile phone when travelling within the European Union has fallen by 50pc these days, in time for the summer time holidays.

New EU limits come into force on July one. They will lessen the value of creating and obtaining calls across the EU, and deliver down the price of going on-line.

“This large drop in data roaming prices will make a huge big difference to all of us this summer season,” said Neelie Kroes, the EU telecoms commissioner.

The EU has been chipping away at roaming charges considering that 2007 by placing a cap on what companies can charge.

The expense of employing the net in one more EU country will fall to a maximum of 16p (€0.twenty) per megabyte, from 36p (€0.45).

Producing calls across the bloc will price 15p (€0.19) per minute rather of 19p (€0.24), although the price of obtaining calls will fall to 4p (€0.05) per minute from 6p (€0.07). Travellers will pay out 5p to send text messages, down from 6p.

Roaming charges are due to be scrapped completely within the EU late next 12 months.

Consumers will also be capable to pick a local mobile supplier for information solutions when travelling in the EU, making it possible for them to compare different gives.

The caps do not apply outside the EU – and confusion between holidaymakers has led to instances of “bill shock”, when a mobile cellphone bill is significantly greater than expected.

According to, a comparison service, 41pc of British holidaymakers wrongly believe Switzerland is an EU country, whilst 38pc think Turkey is a member state.

Ernest Doku, technological innovation professional at uSwitch, said: “Restrict the injury by generating the most of free of charge Wi-Fi at hotels and cafes and preserve information roaming switched off.

“Don’t be tempted to opt out of caps imposed by your network. When it comes to calls and text messages, a excellent way to keep costs down to a minimal is to get a local Sim card – place it in your telephone and basically leading it up.”

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