New roaming caps introduced into European Union member countries, data prices the big winner

Good news this morning for travellers within the EU; new caps have been introduced on how much mobile carriers can charge for roaming within member countries. Roaming charges have been a topic of much debate in recent years, especially with the rise of the smartphone, but the regulators have stepped in to control what users have to pay. It's not the first time caps have been introduced, but this is what things look like as of now:

  • Price cap from data reduced from 70 cents per MB to 45 cents
  • Making a call reduced from 29 cents to 24 cents
  • Receiving a call reduced from 8 cents to 7 cents
  • Sending an SMS reduced from 9 cents to 8 cents

The most significant drop is seen in the cost of data, which is good news since data roaming is also the largest cause of massive bills from foreign travel. Eventually, roaming charges are expected to be abolished completely within the EU, but for now this is a positive step in the right direction. Travellers; good news? Or not quite enough for you yet?

via Android Central

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