Commission consults the public about changes to roaming rules
The Commission had to report back to the European Parliament and the Council before the end of 2008 on the need to review existing roaming rules. To prepare this report, the Commission consulted the public up to July 2, 2008. All non-confidential contributions are available.
The Commission asked for comments on the review of the roaming rules and their possible extension to SMS and data roaming services. 39 questions were raised about the general functioning of the roaming regulation as well as specific issues concerning:
- Inadvertent roaming or involuntary roaming, when consumers use their mobile phone close to the border of a neighbouring country and are connected to a foreign network.
- The effect of the rules on smaller operators and on domestic prices: have the new rules led to an increase in domestic prices?
- The issue of actual vs. billed call duration: has there been any change from per second to per minute billing as a result of the new rules?
- The need to extend the duration of the rules.
- The need for similar rules concerning data and SMS roaming services at wholesale and/or retail levels in light of current retail prices and market developments.