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SMS price caps and per-second billing proposed by Brussels

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SMS price caps and per-second billing proposed by Brussels

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An 11 cent maximum on text messages and mobile phoning billed by the second are the main points in proposals the European Commission is set to adopt this week. It also aims to prolong caps in place on roamed voice calls.

The regulation is expected to be adopted next year, with the European Parliament and EU states having the final say. The 11-eurocent cap is less than half the average price for sending a text message outside your own country in the EU today (28 cents).

Brussels also plans a wholesale price maximum of one euro per megabyte for roamed downloads of data, compared to three or more euros now. It proposes mandatory billing per second from the 31st second of a roamed call, versus the current norm of billing per minute.