A new European Union (EU) law has scrapped the roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad has come into force today, on June 15. This means, that people traveling within the EU will now be able to call, text and browse the internet on mobile devices at the same price they pay at home. The European Commission said the termination of roaming charges is true European success story. Apparently, the commission has been working hard over the last ten years to fix this “market failure”. Also Read - Smartphones to cost more with import duty hike on displays: Everything you need to knowAlso Read - How to use your smartphone camera to attend video calls instead of the webcam
“The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story. 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. Eliminating roaming charges is one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the EU,” the joint statement by the European Commission, European Parliament and Council read. Also Read - The xHelper malware explained: Why it is so dangerous and how to get rid of it?
The new legislation means travelers can use their data allowance in any of the 28 member-states of the Union. Members of the European Economic Area Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein would join the group “shortly after June 15”.
Up until now, whenever a someone traveled to a new EU member state, they were charged an added cost of calling, texting and using the mobile data. “Each time a European citizen crossed an EU border, be it for holidays, work, studies or just for a day, they had to worry about using their mobile phones and a high phone bill from the roaming charges when they came home,” read the EU statement. ALSO READ: European Union extends its stricter telecom security rules to WhatsApp, Skype
However, a consumer organization called Which? Did warn that exceeding data allowances would still be chargeable. Exceeding agreed minutes, texts and data would still be charged in the EU as it would in the UK, with providers charging different rates. As reported by GSMArena, the maximum data an EU citizen can use in another member state in GB equals their pre-VAT monthly subscription fee divided by 7.7 and multiplied by two. If that exceeds their normal allowance then the limit is unchanged.
The natural doubt this would raise is that how would UK deal with this roaming charges abolishment after the Brexit. According to a report by BBC, it would be up to a future UK government to decide whether to have the EU price restrictions on roaming or not after the UK leaves the EU. They are contained within a European regulation, not a directive, so they have not been incorporated into UK law. ALSO READ: Facebook signs up for European Union s Privacy Shield data treaty