Mobile networks across Europe have agreed to cut the roaming rates they pay each other, paving the way for the abolition of roaming costs paid my mobile users from 15th June 2017.
“This was the last piece of the puzzle,” said Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. “As of 15 June, Europeans will be able to travel in the EU without roaming charges.”
What are mobile roaming and data roaming charges?
The deal will see networks pay each other 3.2 cents per minute for calls, 1 cent per text message and €7.70 per minute for data, which will drop to €2.50 by 2021.
In finalising arrangements, the networks have ensured that users travelling from one EU country to another will pay the same as they do at home for using the mobile.
Networks have become increasingly conscious of slashing roaming costs, with Three leading the way with its Feel At Home service. EE and Vodafone have also started to offer cheaper deals to travellers.
The deal now needs to be ratified by the European parliament and individual members of the European Union.