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March 2, 2021

EC to slash roaming charges on July 1

The European Parliament is expected to drastically reduce SMS and data roaming charges, with a plenary vote tomorrow expected to pass the proposals of the European Commisison (EC) to cap the price of sending a text message at EUR 0.11 (current average is EUR 0.29), and also cap the wholesale price of mobile data downloads at EUR 1.00 per megabyte downloaded. If carried, the vote will also reduce caps for mobile roaming calls, from EUR 46 down to EUR 40 for calls made abroad, and from EUR 22 down to EUR 19 for calls received. Further reductions in 2010 will see the charge for calls made drop to EUR 39, and for calls received to EUR 15. In 2011 the charges will drop further to EUR 35 and EUR 11 for calls made and received respectively. Per-second billing will also be introduce for roamed calls, rather than per minute, which the EU says means consumers pay about 20 per cent more than the minutes they actually use. If adopted, the new roaming rules will enter into force on July 1, 2009.

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