Lower phone charges when travelling in Europe from today

Tuesday 01 July 2014 23.52
New rules from the European Commission will see the cap on some roaming charges cut
New rules from the European Commission will see the cap on some roaming charges cut

People travelling in Europe should enjoy lower mobile phone call and data costs from today.

The implementation of new rules from the European Commission will see the cap on some roaming charges cut by more than half.

The cap on the cost of making a call will drop by a fifth, while maximum charges for receiving a call will fall by over a quarter.

Mobile phone roaming costs are a serious bugbear for those who travel, prompting many to turn their phones off while away.

But from today, maximum roaming charges will fall further, thanks to the latest round of cap cuts by the European Commission.

The cap on the cost of making a call will drop to 19 cents per minute, while maximum charges for receiving a call will fall to five cents per minute.

Text message sending charges will be capped at six cents, a 25% drop.

The biggest savings will be seen in mobile data charges, which will fall by more than half to 20 cents per megabyte.

Mobile providers in Europe will also be able to offer users a specific roaming deal before they travel.

Overall roaming charges have fallen up to 90% in seven years.

However the EU wants to do away with them altogether, and it is hoped laws giving effect to their abolition will be agreed by the end of the year.

Keywords: mobile phones