Roaming charges to be cut in July under EU plans

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From July 1, it will be 36 per cent cheaper to download data and browse the internet abroad within Europe

Roaming charges within Europe are set to drop by up to 36 per cent next week, as part of the EU’s plan to gradually cut the cost of using mobile phones abroad.

The European Commission (EC) said on Tuesday (June 25) that as of July 1, prices for making calls, sending texts, browsing or downloading data will all drop.

Retail prices, excluding VAT, will be 24 cents (16p) per minute to make a call, seven cents (5p) to receive a call, and eight cents (5p) to send a SMS.

Downloading data or browsing will cost 45 cents (30p) per megabyte – a 36 per cent drop from last year.

EC vice president Neelie Kroes said: “The latest price cuts put more money in your pocket for summer, and are a critical step towards getting rid of these premiums once and for all.

“This is good for both consumers and companies, because it takes fear out of the market, and it grows the market.”

Earlier this month, Telefonica chief executive officer Cesar Alierta and several other European operators wrote to the EU asking them to ease restrictions on pricing to help them maintain revenue for network investment.

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