EU roaming charges will be abolished on June 30th 2017, finally bringing the curtain down on expensive mobile bills while travelling abroad.
There will be an interim period, starting on April 30th 2016, when networks will have to cap charges in order to prepare for the final ban on roaming. That means networks will not be able to add more than €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for texts and €0.05 for data.
The deal was originally mooted back in June, when it was revealed that plans to stop roaming from the end of this year had been scrapped.
Networks in poorer EU countries had argued that national economies could be hit if they were not allowed to charge roaming users higher rates. These appeals, however, have failed.
The deadline, however, remains a long way off. Currently, UK networks offer a variety of roaming packages, although Three’s Feel At Home, allowing its customers to use their phone, web and texts allowance in 19 countries without paying extra, as long as they’re contacting UK numbers, remains the stand out product.