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Landmark EU deal scraps mobile phone roaming fees and promises free and open services across Europe


euroroamingfeesscrapped Landmark EU deal scraps mobile phone roaming fees and promises free and open services across Europe

In a landmark ruling, the European parliament has today voted to scrap mobile phone roaming fees across the EU from December 2015, and also stop service providers from crippling 3rd party services such as Skype which are used for data calls on the move.

The vote, which was approved by 534 votes to 25 is a huge win for European mobile phone users, who have been suffering from punitive roaming fees for data and voice calls since the start of the cell phone revolution. The decision was part of a far reaching vote on all aspects of Internet supply across the European region, including ensuring that net neutrality – the responsibility Internet providers have to supply a standard quality of service to all users – is also protected.

billshock Landmark EU deal scraps mobile phone roaming fees and promises free and open services across Europe

Mobile phone roaming fees have long been a contentious issue, with some users having to pay huge bills from vacation use, a phenomenon known as ‘bill shock’. In one recent case a London mother returned from a vacation in Turkey to find herself facing a £20,000 bill for sending back Facebook photos of her holiday. From 2015, using a mobile phone in Europe should cost no more than using it in your home country, whether for SMS, voice or data.

The other good news of the day is the fact that the parliament has specifically mentioned moves aimed at developing and improving 4G and 5G data services throughout Europe. A good day for European communications and the Internet in general.

 Landmark EU deal scraps mobile phone roaming fees and promises free and open services across Europe

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



  • Pete

    “In one recent case a London mother returned from a vacation in Turkey to find herself facing a £20,000 bill for sending back Facebook photos of her holiday. From 2015, using a mobile phone in Europe should cost no more than using it in your home country, whether for SMS, voice or data.”

    That’s great – but since Turkey isn’t in the EU, what’s that got to do with this story?

    • http://www.redferret.net/ Nigel Powell

      I couldn’t find a story that was suitable that wasn’t from the Daily Mail. It’s an illustration of bill shock is all. :)

  • bue221

    Giving an example from Turkey illustrates that bill shock should never/rarely happen in the EU anymore sice they capped
    roaming charges to about £0.25/minute. To get access to the Internet
    my provider (T-Mobile) forces you to explicitly buy a certain data-volume, and I believe other providers have similar schemes, so no one can be unaware of what it is costing.

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