European Parliament votes to end roaming charges in 2015

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MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher today welcomed the adoption of a proposal to end all mobile roaming charges by the end of 2015 in the European Parliament. Mr Gallagher hailed the move as a major step forward for the EU towards reforming the single telecoms market.

Since 2007 successive pieces of EU legislation implemented have meant roaming costs for calls and texts have been reduced by 80%, while data roaming has been reduced by 90%.

Mr Gallagher stated that “the direct effects of this vote will mean that as of December 2015 consumers will pay the same prices for data, texts and voice calls as they would at home, regardless of where they are in the EU. This is great news for consumers and anyone who dreads being caught out by extortionate roaming charges when going abroad in the EU “.

The proposal is part of a wider “Connected Continent Package” which aims to reform the telecoms single market by ending roaming surcharges, reducing red tape for companies, increasing rights for both consumers and service providers and the first ever EU-wide protection of net neutrality.

Mr Gallagher concluded that “mobile roaming charges will soon be a thing of the past and this is yet another example of how EU wide rules can positively benefit the consumer”.


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