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Factsheet 59 : Texting without borders : Ending roaming rip-offs for text messages abroad

18 July 2008

The EU Roaming Regulation, in force as of July 2007, has lowered charges by up to 60% for consumers using their mobile phones abroad. The Regulation applies for roaming voice calls only - ensuring that those prices are not unjustifiably more expensive than at home. Although consumers today are paying significantly less for roaming voice calls, prices for SMS and data roaming services still continue to cost too much. The Commission is therefore working on proposals to ensure that consumers also benefit from a single market for text messages and data roaming services.

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