Fees for calls, texts and internet browsing are to be cut from today, just in time for summer holidays. Making calls across Europe will cost €0.19 per minute, down from €0.24; receiving calls cost €0.05, down from €0.07; and going online now costs €0.20 per MB rather than €0.45 per MB.
The EU has been tackling what it describes as excessive roaming charges since 2007. The EU telecoms commissioner, Neelie Kroes said, “This huge drop in data roaming prices will make a big difference to all of us this summer.”
European politicians want to reduce the cost of using a phone within the EU even further, hoping to make costs fall in line with what people would pay at home. The European Parliament voted to scrap roaming fees, but is now waiting on the approval of all EU governments.