The European Parliament has voted in favour of a plan to reduce the cost of mobile phone calls across Europe. It would mean a limit on what mobile phone operators can charge customers for making calls in another European country than their own. The cost for “roaming” could fall by as much as 70% if the EU-enforced ceiling is adopted, as expected, this summer and is then lowered still further over the next three years. No company will be able to charge more than 50 euro cents a minute for calls made abroad, or 25 cents a minute to receive a call.
The parliament’s decision must be ratified by the member states in June, but the decision has already been denounced by the European mobile operators who have warned they might have to raise other tariffs to compensate for the loss of revenue.