Hall: New EU caps on roaming charges come into force on 1 July

Fiona Hall MEPOn 1 July, charges for using a mobile phone abroad will be significantly reduced thanks to new EU rules negotiated earlier this year.

The new prices caps (excluding VAT) are: 23p per minute to make a call (compared with 28p previously); 6p per minute to receive a call (rather than 9p); 7p to send a text message (compared with 9p); 56p per megabyte (MB) to download data or browse the internet whilst travelling abroad (no previous cap).

Fiona Hall MEP, leader of the UK Liberal Democrat delegation in the European Parliament and the party’s European industry spokesperson, commented:

“The new caps on roaming charges are great news for holidaymakers and business travellers alike.

“The mobile phone industry has yet to make substantial changes to reduce prices through genuine competition. In the meantime, MEPs and EU Member States rightly stepped in to ensure that customers get a fair deal instead of a nasty bill shock at the end of a trip abroad.

“In particular, I welcome the new cap on data roaming which will give a welcome boost to businesses operating across borders. Holidaymakers will also be able to benefit from cheaper prices for mobile internet services while staying in touch with family and friends back home over email and social network sites.”

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