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Published on 29-03-12

European institutions have come up with a preliminary agreement on new EU rules to further bring down roaming prices for voice calls, text messaging and data transfer. The rules include ideas like the opportunity for consumers to choose a different provider for roaming services and aim to extend the current alert system against "bill shocks" to travel outside the EU. The expectation is for the legal texts to make it through the adoption process in time for the new rules to enter into force in the beginning of July 2012.

    Cheaper roaming for good

    The EU Roaming rules will continue to provide progressively lower current retail price caps on voice and texting (SMS) services and introduce a new retail price cap for mobile data services. These caps will operate as a safeguard for consumers until 30 June 2017.

    Under the new rules, which will enter into force on 1st July 2012, consumers will pay no more than:

    • 24 pence (29 euro cents) per minute to make a call,
    • 6 pence (8 euro cents) per minute to receive a call,
    • 7 pence (9 euro cents) to send a text message
    • 59 pence (70 euro cents) per Megabyte (MB) to download data or browse the Internet whilst travelling abroad (charged per Kilobyte used).

    These regulated price caps will progressively go down so that by 1 July 2014, roaming consumers will be paying no more than 16 pence (19 euro cents) per minute to make a call, a maximum 4 pence (5 euro cents) per minute to receive a call, maximum 5 pence (6 euro cents) to send a text message and maximum 18 pence (20 euro cents) per Megabyte (MB) to download data or browse the Internet whilst travelling abroad (charged per Kilobyte used).

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