EU governments have today formally adopted new roaming legislation to reduce the cost of using a mobile phone while traveling throughout Europe.
The cost of sending a roaming text while in Europe is now down to 10p from 25p, while voice calls will be charged at no more than around 38p per minute for an outgoing call (down from 40p), and around 17p per minute for an incoming one (down from 19p).
The wholesale roaming rate for data downloads will be capped at about 90p per MB. Networks must also bill their customers for roaming calls by the second after the first 30 seconds instead of on a per minute basis – which is expected to cut phone bills by as much as 24 per cent.
EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding (pictured) said: “Today’s unanimous adoption by the Council of Ministers means that the new roaming rules have passed the very last procedural hurdle and will now bring instant benefits to consumers as of July 1.”
EU member state ministers adopted the EU roaming regulation at today’s Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council formation after EU telecommunications ministers gave their informal political support to the Commission’s proposal in November last year.