Business travellers and holidaymakers alike will benefit in particular from a cap on data roaming which from July this year will be limited to 70 cents (around 60p) and fall to 20 cents per MB (around 17p) in 2014. Until now there has been no cap on the cost for using mobile internet options while abroad, causing bill shock misery for many on their return home.
The cost of making a call using a mobile phone abroad will be capped at 29 cents a minute (24p) this July and fall to 19 cents (16p) in 2014. Texting abroad will be cut to 9cents (7p) this year and 6 cents (5p) in 2014.
Fiona Hall MEP, the leader of the Liberal Democrat delegation in the European Parliament and industry spokesperson, said:
“This is another important step towards ending rip off charges for mobile phone usage abroad.
“These new rates will apply just in time for families heading off for their summer holidays.”