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EU plans to cut roaming charges

EU plans to cut roaming charges
Phil Tottman

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Industry / Market Data / June 28th 2013 at 4:02PM

Charges will be 36 per cent cheaper as of July.

Charges for browsing the Internet within Europe are set to drop this July, as part of the EU's bid to lower the cost of using your mobile phone abroad, reported Global Telecoms Business.

As stated by the EC (European Commission), from July 1st the price of making calls, sending texts, browsing and downloading data will drop. 

Downloading data and browsing especially, will drop 30p per megabyte, which is a 36 per cent decrease from last year. Other prices excluding VAT will be 16p per minute for making calls, 5p to receive and ti send SMS. 

Neelie Kroes, VP of EC, said: "The latest price cuts put more money in your pocket for summer, and are a critical step towards getting rid of these premiums once and for all. 

"This is good for both consumers and companies, because it takes fear out of the market, and it grows the market."

This decision has followed a request from Cesar Alierta, executive officer of Telefornica to the EU asking them to ease restrictions on pricing, in an attempt to assist them in maintaining revenue for network investment.

 

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