Brilliant news if you travel in Europe and wince when you see your mobile phone bill when you return home, the MEP's sitting in the European Parliament have passed legislation that will end roaming charges across the EU by December 2015.
The plan is that any calls, SMS or mobile broadband usage will be charged at the same price as if at home, or use up any inclusive allowances. Beyond this move there legislation also paves the way for removing other barriers to providers selling their mobile services across borders, which means that you might be able to shop around and buy a tariff sold in any one of the EU countries.
There has been warnings that the end of roaming charging (which has been lucrative for mobile operators) may lead to price rises across the board. Certainly given the levels of investment that 4G requires operators will not be wanting to see their profits shrink when trying to deploy new mobile technology and upgrade mast backhaul to provide more data connectivity. We do not expect a blunt price rise, but people may find the latest and great phones commanding more of a price premium with operators relying on our gadget addiction as we upgrade.
Some mobile operators such as EE offer inclusive roaming inside Europe on selected tariffs.
Once we know more about how things are going to work out, we will of course update our mobile broadband abroad guide, but for now perhaps the best advice if you are going on holiday is to enjoy your holiday and actually unplug from the Internet for a while.