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EU ends mobile roaming charges from 2017

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EU ends mobile roaming charges from 2017

<p>Data roaming charges for mobile phones in EU countries are to become a thing of the past from mid-June 2017.</p> <p>The European Parliament has given final approval for a plan to ban extra charges being imposed on consumers when they travel abroad within the EU.</p> <p>665 <span class="caps">MEP</span>s voted in favour of the deal.</p> <p>Roaming charges are currently added by mobile operators for calls (up to a maximum of 0.19 euros/min), texts (0.06 euros) and internet browsing (0.20 euros/MB) when users are abroad.</p> <p>An interim period has been agreed from next April when roaming should become 75 percent cheaper, according to the European Commission. The cap will be reduced to 0.05 euros/min for calls, 0.02 euros for texts, and 0.05 euros/MB.</p> <p>From June 2017 EU mobile phone users will pay the same price throughout the union as in their home country. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RT to say <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoodByeRoaming?src=hash">#GoodByeRoaming</a>: <span class="caps">MEP</span>s in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EPlenary?src=hash">#EPlenary</a> backed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/roaming?src=hash">#roaming</a> ban! In 2017 we call from abroad same as from home! <a href="https://t.co/xFw9nyq9Ml">pic.twitter.com/xFw9nyq9Ml</a></p>— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) <a href="https://twitter.com/Europarl_EN/status/658987732262326272">27 Octobre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>However some details concerning a ceiling for charges for incoming vocal messages remain to be worked out – it’s hoped by the end of the year.</p> <p>The aim of the ban on roaming charges is to prevent consumers picking up huge bills when travelling. In a number of cases they have run into hundreds of euros.</p> <p>However there have been fears that mobile phone companies may try to get round the ban by raising prices in general.</p> <p>Britain’s anti-European party <span class="caps">UKIP</span> opposed the plans, saying they would penalise people who did not travel.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">EU roaming charge proposals mean domestic users will subsidise frequent travellers says <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UKIP?src=hash">#UKIP</a>'s <a href="https://twitter.com/RogerHelmerMEP"><code>RogerHelmerMEP</a> <a href="https://t.co/pcxwKIaQDR">https://t.co/pcxwKIaQDR</a></p>&mdash; UKIP (</code>UKIP) <a href="https://twitter.com/UKIP/status/659012204142854144">27 Octobre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>However the fact the vote was passed has been hailed by pro-Europeans as an example of British influence succeeding in the EU.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">MEP</span>s have voted to scrap roaming surcharges in the EU by 2017. Shows what the UK can accomplish when it leads in Europe</p>— British Influence (@britinfluence) <a href="https://twitter.com/britinfluence/status/658986780813885440">27 Octobre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>