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European Commission launch consultation into mobile roaming fees

The European Commission is looking for mobile phone companies to remove the cost difference between roaming and national tariffs by 2015. Rules brought in this summer imposed a cap on the costs when users call, text or use data when abroad but the Commission believe that companies are still uncompetitive and has launched a consultation to speed up the rate at which roaming charges will fall.

The Commission had hoped that the limit of €50 for roaming data would encourage operators to reduce this further to allow competition, but most mobile broadband operators still charge close to this.

"Ordinary citizens and businesses cannot understand why operators charge at today's high levels. Even operators with a footprint across many EU countries still impose significant extra charges for roaming in the countries where they have a presence. This happens even though the customers actually remain on the intra-group network! It is even more difficult for consumers to understand data pricing. Less than 5 cents for downloading a MB of data at home can turn into €2.60 per MB when they cross an invisible, and mostly artificial, border! Don't tell me that is all funding new investment in better networks; I can't defend that to citizens. I can't defend it for the simple reason that it isn't true."

Neelie Kroes, (Vice-President for the Digital Agenda) European Commission

The consultation will run until February and help provide the footings for a review into EU wide roaming which will form a report to the European Parliament due by June 2011.

Comments

I hope they make some headway with it. Data roaming charges have always been ridiculous.

I wonder what the operators actually get charged for, say 1MB of data?

  • MrMot
  • over 6 years ago

Plodding towards the EU single market, which was supposed to happen in 1992.

I guess a century of telecoms call charge sharing agreements preceded that, which will take a bit of unravelling.

  • herdwick
  • over 6 years ago

Problem is that currently all the traffic is routed back to the home providers network, so unless they have a division in the specific country it looks as if roaming may be restricted, however roaming deals could solve this to some extent.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Problem is that currently all the traffic is routed back to the home providers network, so unless they have a division in the specific country it looks as if roaming may be restricted, however roaming deals could solve this to some extent.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

About time. I've never used data abroad due to the cost.

  • doowles
  • over 6 years ago

"Ordinary citizens and businesses cannot understand why operators charge at today's high levels."

Oh, as an 'ordinary citizen' I assure you I understand perfectly well why they can charge the way they do. The problem is that ordinary citizens like myself have no ability with which to change the situation. They have the consumers by the balls, just as they want it, as it's a position that affords them these luxuries.

  • cf492bcc
  • over 6 years ago

@cf492bcc

Or you could just get a foreign sim...

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

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