Mobile Phone Roaming Charges in the European Union Just Got Less Expensive

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By Paul Riegler on 2 May 2016
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If you live in the European Union or are in the habit of buying local SIMs for your voice and data requirements when traveling, take note: the cost of making and receiving calls, sending and receiving texts, and using data just got cheaper.

Over the past few years, thanks to European Union regulators, the cost of mobile roaming has dropped significantly and roaming charges are slated to completely disappear in just over a year.

Effective immediately, the maximum a mobile operator can charge you for answering a voice call on top of your normal cost in your home country when you’re roaming in another EU country is €0.0114 per minute.  For outgoing calls, the maximum surcharge is €0.05 per minute, and the surcharge for a text message will cost €0.02 per SMS while the data surcharge will be €0.05 per megabyte.

Roaming charges will end altogether on June 15th, 2017 in the European Union, and from that point forward, mobile phone users will pay exactly the same price as they would in their home country when placing calls, sending text messages, and using data no matter where in the EU they are.

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