After years of negotiations, a consensus has finally been agreed in relation to EU data roaming charges.
Members of the European Parliament have given the go ahead for a complete ban to be put on any charges on data roaming from the 15th June 2017.
Data roaming charges have been catching holidaymakers and travellers out for years by doubling and tripling their bill when they have made call, messages and sued the internet on their phones whilst abroad. These charges are implemented by the mobile operators and have been a source on contention for many years.
Prior to the full ban, a cap will be introduced on the 30th April next year which fixes any charges to
- €0.05 (3.5p) extra per minute for calls
- €0.02 extra per SMS sent
- €0.05 extra per megabyte of data used
This ban comes as a welcome relief to many holiday makers who have been hit by huge bills. From 15 June 2017, users within the EU will be charged the same as they would in their home country.
Mobile companies have highlighted the loss to their revenue which could lead to rises in prices.
However negotiations have been taking place between the EU officials and mobile operating companies in relation to the plan.
As the final vote has been cast with the majority of member states agreeing to the plan, the ban is a definite.