Roaming fees to become a thing of the past in the European Union

By Dave LeClair · 11 replies
Jun 14, 2013
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  1. For cell phone users in in the European Union, roaming charges while traveling across the region will soon be a thing of the past. The group of European Commissioners representing each of the 27 member nations voted in Brussels to...

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  2. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    Way to go Europe!
  3. Well it is good news but there will be some protests from carriers I suposse. They charge a lot and gain lots of money from it
  4. colinf

    colinf TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +7

    I know more people who don't use theirs abroad than do, due to roaming charges.

    so unified charges may actually make more revenue in the long run
  5. Badelhas

    Badelhas TS Booster Posts: 75   +26

    I agree. If it costs the same I will use it more while traveling
  6. When going abroad I've gotten into the habit of picking up a local SIM so I don't get ripped off by home carrier. At least I won't have to hassle with that when visiting EU countries :)

    "Of course, travelers from the United States and other countries who visit the European Union will still be forced to pay roaming charges."

    I don't know how many tourists/business people visit multiple EU countries in one trip, but hopefully this news means that if they pick up one local SIM card, they'll be able to use that card across the EU without having to worry about getting a new one for every country they visit.
  7. Forgot to add:

    Since this is just the 27 EU countries I'm guessing that means Switzerland, and Norway won't be included even though they're part of the European economic area (EEA).
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,669   +1,102

    Really good news. I plan on traveling a lot in the near future.
  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    This is some of the greatest news of all time! Last year I went on holiday, I'm on orange and I called them up and agreed I could use 10mb a day for 7 days which would be £30, that's 70mb over the whole week, I went over a few days and by the end of the week I had used 110mb, I got stung with a £350 bill! Nothing I could but pay it off, glad this is coming into place, they'll make more money out of this in the long run anyway as I'll now use my phone instead of leaving it at home in fear of getting a massive bill!
  10. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    Wish they could do this by continent. :)
  11. MBA RAO

    MBA RAO TS Rookie

    Our government also thinks for same, hope roaming may free with in no time. benefited to all. we will hope so, Jai hind
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,170   +989

    Getting a local SIM works well - - for UNLOCKED phones :sigh:

    The other issue even with a local SIM, some cards are so "local" that you can't top-off the card for more minutes except in the country of origin. Got a UK sim (as we intended to stay there four weeks) and jumped the Channel to see Paris for a few days - - shock-o - - could not update it while in France.

    Do your homework !!!

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