Roaming fees to be scrapped Dec 2015

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  1. mikekaren2

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    The European Parliament has voted to scrap the roaming fees charged for using a mobile phone while abroad.
    Under the wide-ranging telecoms reforms, the cost of making a call or downloading internet data in another EU country will be the same as at home.
    The change is due to take effect from 15 December next year. It still requires approval from EU governments.
    Some consumers have faced bills for thousands of pounds after falling foul of current high roaming charges.
    In recent years the EU has legislated to lower the costs, so telecoms operators have been forced to cap their fees.
    A European Commission survey in February suggested that 94% of Europeans limit their use of the web when travelling in Europe because of the cost of mobile roaming.
    The package was adopted by 534 votes to 25.
    Last year the cap for internet browsing was lowered to 45 cents (39 pence) per MB, from 70 euro cents (60 pence) per MB in 2012.
    The EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, has said "consumers are fed up with being ripped off".
    The new rules come at a time when users are consuming ever more data on mobiles and tablet devices. As 4G networks offer even faster download speeds, data consumption is expected to rise exponentially.
     
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    Far too long a wait :Angry:
     
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    It is a long wait, but hey, better late than never.

    It will totally revolutionize communication when traveling in Europe. Maybe that isn't always a good thing though. Not as easy to get away from those pesky PPI calls.
     
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    3 made a start some time ago.
     
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    Won't apply to the Brits if they are stupid enough to leave the EU.


    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Many Brits maybe stupid JJ, but they are not suicidal.
     
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    Phew I thought I was the only funster who wants to stay in the EU.
     
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    We want to stay in too!!!

    The UK will be the loser if they pull out!!! :cry:
     
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