EU decides to put an end to mobile roaming charges
If you’ve never been surprised by a $690 roaming bill like I did once, trust me, you don’t want to know what it’s like. We can’t denny that the ability for cell phones to roam and work in other countries was the stuff of dreams a few decades ago, but that’s until people began seeing the crazy bills for phone calls, text messages and data. T-Mobile has fixed some of that for people in the United States traveling to Canada or Mexico, but the European Parliament just took things a longer step further.
The European Parliament just passed a law that abolishes phone, text and even data roaming within the EU by June 2017. Yes, we know, the wait is long, but there are also some changes happening next year. By April 30, 2016, European carriers will drop their charges to €0.05 per minute of outgoing phone calls, €0.02 for text messages, and €0.05 for megabyte of data. There will also be a cap as well, which should be determined later this year. This law was passed along with a failed attempt at net neutrality, given a few loopholes that were still found in the legislation.
Hopefully more regions will join, and specially today when many carriers save on spectrum by using the internet for their international calls.