The European Union has finally ended mobile roaming charges in the EU, effective 15 June 2017.
According to the official statement, from now on, citizens who travel within the EU will be able to call, text and connect on their mobile devices at the same price as they pay at home.
The EU acknowledged that it has taken a long time to reach this goal, but hopes the agreement now struck will deliver the correct balance between the end of roaming charges and the need to keep domestic mobile packages competitive and attractive. ‘The end of roaming charges is at the foundation of the EU’s Digital Single Market and is another step towards building a united and sustainable European digital society, accessible for all our citizens’, it added.
A report in The Independent clarifies two clauses in the new agreement. The first covers data roaming. "Beyond “a reasonably high volume” of roaming data at domestic rates, you may have to pay a data roaming surcharge of about £8.30 per gigabyte (€7.70/GB plus VAT). This will continue to decline. The second clause is intended to dissuade people from taking out a contract in a low-cost country (eg Bulgaria or Romania) and using it at home.
The report further adds that the three non-EU countries in the European Economic Area — Iceland, Norway and plucky Liechtenstein — will introduce Roam Like at Home “shortly after 15 June”.