New Law Prohibits Roaming Mobile Charges in EU From 2017

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Do you hate roaming mobile charges?  A new compromise reached on June 30th, 2015 will no longer allow mobile phone companies to charge roaming charges within the European Union beginning in 2017.

The Times of India reports [1]:

When traveling in the EU, mobile-phone users will pay the same price as at home, with no extra charges, according to the agreement on proposed legislation reached by negotiators from the European Parliament, the EU governments and the European Commission, the Brussels-based commission said.

The agreement needs formal approval by the Parliament and the bloc’s 28 governments. “National borders will no longer be decisive in causing charges,” Guenther Oettinger, the EU’s commissioner for the Digital Economy, told reporters in Brussels. He called the accord a “crucial agreement.”

Phone companies have argued the plan to eliminate roaming charges would deprive them of profitable businesses in a market already overcrowded with with more than 100 carriers, intense price wars and weak economies in several European countries. An EU move on roaming fees may reduce mobile operators’ cash flow by as much as 7 billion euros ($7.8 billion) by 2020, Etno, a European telecommunications industry body, said in 2013.



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