EU Roaming Charges Slashed Again in Time for Summer Holidays

July 2, 2013 7:33 PM

Lib Dem MEP Sir Graham Watson has welcomed the coming into force of new EU caps on mobile phone roaming fees today, which will reduce the cost of data roaming by over a third and further reduce the cost of making calls and sending messages when visiting another EU country.

From today, the cost of using the internet abroad will reduce by 36%, down to an average of 40p per Megabyte (MB), with the cost of sending a text reduced by 11% to an average of 7p.

Commenting, Sir Graham said:

"These new rates have come in just in time for families heading off on their summer holidays and will help to take the sting out of those shock mobile phone bills. Thanks to the new cap on data usage, checking your emails, social networks or GPS maps while abroad in another EU country will no longer incur sky-high charges.

"Thousands of Brits heading to Croatia, which joined the EU today, will be able to take advantage of a ten times reduction in roaming fees compared to last year. Millions will soon be taking a trip to other parts of the continent, safe in the knowledge that as a citizen of the EU, they have certain privileges that are not available when travelling outside Europe.

"But there is still some way to go. Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament are leading the fight to end roaming charges in Europe once and for all, and we will be meeting with EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes this week to see how we can take this forward. Moreover, some service providers have increased roaming fees in non EU countries, so beware!"