Making and receiving calls on mobile phones across the European Union has just got cheaper. New roaming price limits have come into force, completing an EU ruling from 2007.
The new maximum per minute charges are cheaper by up to 60 percent in some cases. And these rates will go down even further by eight euro cents over the next two years. From today (July 1) it now costs a maximum of 43 euro cents per minute to make a roaming call and 19 euro cents per minute to receive one. Sending a text is now 11 euro cents. One woman in Brussels said: “I think it is a good idea to reduce the price for text messages, especially for students who travel to other places, in order to speak to their families, so that becomes much cheaper.” A man said: “I think it is very good and it allows people to travel more around Europe.” But experts are warning some services could still prove to be expensive. Monique Goyens from the European Consumers’ Organisation said: “There is still one problem which remains and that is data roaming. And I would advise consumers who use their mobile phone to think twice when they are abroad when they use data services like sending photos or consulting internet services because that’s still going to cost a lot of money.” Operators must also now introduce per-second billing after 30 seconds for roaming calls, and from the first scond for calls received abroad.