March 29, 2012
At the end of February, the European Parliament’s ITRE committee voted in favour of lowering roaming costs within the EU. The Parliament’s vote followed a proposal of the European Commission from last July but demanded even lower price caps for roaming (no more than 15 ct/min to make calls and no more than 20 ct/MB for internet access from 2014).
According to information by the European telecom regulator BEREC, actual costs for roaming are very low and surcharges are not really necessary. The proposals were therefore still rather cautious. But at least they would have meant that mobile phone and smartphone users would finally have been able to use their phones without fearing high bills when returning home.
But right now, this proposal is being debated between the European Parliament and the European Council – and it looks like the Council is doing all it can to prevent consumer-friendly decisions. Some governments have […]