Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda said: "This huge drop in data roaming prices will make a big difference to all of us this summer. But it is not enough. Why should we have roaming charges at all in a single market? By the end of this year I hope we see the complete end of roaming charges agreed – the Parliament has done their part, now it is up to Member States to seal the deal!"
From 1 July 2014, the EU will cut the price caps for data downloads by more than half: down from 45 to 20 cents per megabyte (plus VAT).
So it will be even cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check emails and update social networks while travelling across the EU. Phone calls and text messages will also become cheaper, which will help Europeans stay in touch with family and friends while they travel within the EU.