European roaming charges set to fall

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On the 30th of April the cost of calling, texting and using data services while visiting other countries within the EU will fall significantly, hopefully putting an end to painfully high bills being levied against continental travellers.

While in the past it was possible for network providers to place extortionate charges on roaming overseas, new legislation means that the maximum cost of calls has been set to 3p per minute, with each text costing just 1p and the cost of data falling to only 3p for each megabyte downloaded.

TechRadar points out that most companies will still charge UK mobile users VAT on top of these standard prices, adding a minimal amount to the total.

This is a step in the right direction, meaning holidaymakers can happily pull out their smartphones and stay in touch with friends and family back home without incurring serious costs for roaming. Next June the abolition of roaming charges across the EU will be introduced, allowing people to eat into their inclusive minutes, texts and data and avoid additional expenses altogether.

With the EU vote looming, customers in the UK will be pleased to hear that, irrespective of the outcome, the abolition of roaming charges is almost certainly going to stick.