Mobile roaming charges abolished for EU citizens

Mobile roaming charges abolished for EU citizens

Phone users in the EU will see roaming charges abolished from today.

New rules mean citizens travelling within the EU will be able to call, text and access data on mobile devices at the same price they pay at home.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, said: “The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier.

“The end of roaming charges is a true European success story.”

From now on, citizens who travel within the EU will be able to call, text and connect on their mobile devices at the same price as they pay at home.

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“Eliminating roaming charges is one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the EU,” added Juncker.

Following Britain’s decision to leave the EU, it will be up to a future UK government to decide whether to adopt the EU price restrictions on roaming.

“Over the last ten years, our institutions have been working hard together to fix this market failure.

“Each time a European citizen crossed an EU border, be it for holidays, work, studies or just for a day, they had to worry about using their mobile phones and a high phone bill from the roaming charges when they came home.

“Roaming charges will now be a thing of the past,” continued Juncker.

The EU has sought to find a balance between the end of roaming charges and the need to keep domestic mobile packages competitive and attractive.

Operators have had two years to prepare for the end of roaming charges.

“It has been a long time coming, with many actors involved.

“By working closely together, the European Union has delivered a concrete, positive result for European citizens.

“We are proud that the EU has put an end to very high roaming prices and thankful to those who showed the determination to overcome the many challenges and pursue this goal,” concluded Juncker.