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New laws have been brought into effect today (July 1st) that should help to prevent travellers using their laptop's mobile broadband connection while abroad from suffering extortionate charges.

Under legislation introduced by the EU, a single tariff has been introduced for roaming broadband use across the 27 member states.

Travellers will now be able to cross national borders within the EU and use their laptops knowing that the wholesale price for mobile broadband will come to no more than €1 (85p) per MB.

That is the price that ISPs in different countries charge one another.

By reducing this figure from a previous average of €1.68 per MB and standardising it across all EU countries, it is expected that ISPs will pass on the savings they make to their customers, resulting in lower charges for mobile internet use.

"The roaming rip-off is now coming to an end thanks to the determined action of the European Commission, the European Parliament and all 27 EU member states," said EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding.

"The Commission and national regulators will monitor data roaming charges very carefully and assess next year whether the roaming market is finally becoming competitive."

ISP 3 is one of the first to have announced its new roaming prices - from today, it will charge laptop users £1.25 per MB of data downloaded.

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