Roaming charges to end in June

The European Parliament removed the last hurdle on the way to full abolition of retail “roaming” surcharges in a vote this week. This means that, from 15 June, consumers will be able to call, text and use mobile data for the same cost as at home while travelling in another EU country and transfer data across borders from another EU member state for the same cost as at home. The Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, welcomed the European Parliament vote saying: “After nearly ten years, the EU is now putting a definitive end to the roaming anxiety that has plagued Europe since the beginning of the mobile era. Exorbitant roaming prices were an anomaly in a continent where people move freely between countries.”

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