EU finally puts an end to roaming charges

The European Union has announced that it’s finally close to ending mobile phone roaming charges. As of 15 June 2017, EU residents will be able to use their mobile phone at normal rates in any other country in the bloc.

The new rules have been on the cards for some time, but therehave been some problems to overcome. The final challenge wasagreeing on wholesale caps - the amount that mobile operators cancharge each other to let other customers use their networks, andthis barrier has now been cleared.

Roaming rates have long been a point of contention for mobilecustomers, with numerous newspaper reports about people coming homewith massive bills. As of 15 June though, people can use theirphones and pay no more than they do in their home country.

As with any EU news, of course, there's the question of whatthis means for the UK. As the rules apply to any country inthe EU, and the UK currently is still part of it, roaming feeswon't apply to those of us travelling around Europe.

Once the UK leaves - which is currently looking like it will bethe end of spring 2019 - it's less clear how roaming charges willwork. It seems likely that roaming charges will return, but much ofit depends on Brexit negotiations to come.

For now though, it's good news for anyone planning their summerholidays. Emmanuel Mallia, the EU's digital minister, said:"Today's decision is the final step in a process that started 10years ago… Roam like at home is now a reality."

Source: Sky News

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