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Mobile phone roaming fees set to go


Mobile phone roaming fees set to go

Roaming fees for mobile phones, including text messaging and data transmission, are set to be abolished from July 1st 2014.

At the moment, these charges mean if you are in another EU state from where your operator is based, then you pay to receive calls.

Now, EU Commissioners have voted to approve, and fast track, a series of laws which would mean roaming fees, within member states, would stop.

The Union believes people will use their mobile devices when abroad more, especially to access the internet, thus negating any initial loss of revenue for the mobile companies.

Currently there are around 100 operators across the EU, which the Commissioners believe is a barrier to investment.

The legislation is not intended to create bigger companies, but if that does happen Europe is relaxed about it.

The Commission is also keen to push its telecoms reforms as evidence it is creating a single market.

Detailed proposals are expected over the coming weeks.

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