EU roaming charges to drop from tomorrow.
This price limitations are a huge step towards abolishing roaming charges within the EU, which is set to happen in June next year.
Good news for Irish mobile customers travelling in the EU this year, as the EU has announced that roaming charges will be limited for anyone travelling within the EU. These limitations are set to drop current roaming prices by 75% from Saturday April 30th, 2016.
Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from these limitations, regardless of your current network:
Price limitations have capped the amount that your mobile provider can charge you for using your mobile phone while travelling within the EU. From Saturday, you can only be charged an additional €0.05 for a call per minute, €0.02 per text sent, and €0.05 per MB of data used. These charges will be added to the domestic cost of usage.
Current roaming charges are set at €0.19 for a call per minute, €0.06 per text, and €0.20 per MB of data.
These limitations will be just a temporary measure, as roaming charges are set to be completely abolished from June 15th 2017. This means that using your phone in any country in the EU will cost you exactly the same price as it does at home - a huge step towards creating a connected, competitive continent within the EU, enabling sustainable digital jobs and industries.
The price changes will affect a huge number of customers, as the volume of the data roaming market has grown by 630% since 2007.