EC to force cancellation of roaming charges

Tuesday 28 March 2006 14.21
Mobile phones - EU roaming charges may be abolished
Mobile phones - EU roaming charges may be abolished

The European Commission has announced plans to force mobile phone companies to cancel extra charges for making calls when elsewhere in the EU.

A survey of so-called roaming charges shows little reduction in prices - and even some increases - despite European Commission warnings.

The EU telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, said her plans would go out to consultation with the mobile phone industry during April, with final proposals for legislation expected in June.