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EU to end ‘rip off’ roaming fees

EU to end ‘rip off’ roaming fees

By July this year mobile firms will be forced to lower the prices of making a call or downloading data abroad.

Under new rules agreed by the European Parliament, consumers will pay no more than 29 cents (24p) per minute to make a call and 70 cents (59p) per megabyte for data downloads across Europe.

Many customers have faced bills for thousands of pounds after falling foul of current high roaming charges.

“Consumers are fed up with being ripped off,” said commissioner Neelie Kroes.

The European Commission vice-president for the Digital Agenda added: “The new roaming deal gives us a long-term structural solution with lower prices, more choice and a new smart approach for data and internet browsing.”

Currently, the limit on what can be charged for making a call is about 30p and sending a text 9p, but there is no cap on what companies can charge per megabyte of data. Under the new rules the cost of sending a text will fall to 7.5p.

Read More/Source: BBC News

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