Roaming fees end today

Roaming fees end today

Another ex-footballer-turned media pundit, Stan Collymore, said on Twitter: "Roaming charges abolished today in the European Union, so you won t pay a penny extra over your United Kingdom phone tariff when in the EU!"

The law means that people travelling through Europe will be able to make and receive calls, send texts and browse the internet on their devices for the same price they pay at home.

"The EU's long-awaited "roam-like-at-home" rules are a great leap forward for mobile customers across Europe".

Most Irish mobile phone operators say will limit their customers data packages as much as possible, as roaming charges are a huge source of profitable income for the companies. Today marks the day EU roaming charges are finally scrapped, meaning we can now all wander freely across European borders, without ever worrying about how much watching that cat video just cost us.

From today - that's June 15 - roaming charges will be banned by the European Union, meaning you won't need to spend any extra when making calls, sending texts or using your mobile data while overseas.

If you have unlimited data then you need to check with your carrier about their fair use limit, if you go over this they will charge you €7.70 per gigabyte, this will be reduced to €2.50 in 2020.

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The EU commission has also identified isolated cases where operators have increased their rates to offset roaming losses in Denmark, Latvia and Norway. Once you step outside the European Union then you have to check your individual contracts to see what applies.

HEXUS has been sent communications by various United Kingdom mobile phone companies and MVNOs regarding the news. Roaming charges have been one of the important revenue channels for the telcos and usually, the customers end up paying a heavy premium while roaming in other countries.

Eight out of ten of those surveyed take the rules at face value and assume that it will mean they can use their mobile phones as they would in Ireland, without incurring extra charges.

"Ireland has been fighting hard at the European Union negotiating table to bring an end to exorbitant mobile roaming bills for Irish people travelling in the European Union and today is a result of all that hard work by officials in my Department". A phone call from Turkey to the United Kingdom on other mobile networks can cost between 69p per minute (Tesco mobile) to £1.65 (TalkTalk).

"Roaming charges will now be a thing of the past". Those exemptions are expected to be taken up by smaller operators, notably in the Nordic region where domestic plans are cheap and have always been subsidized by roaming fees.

No-one knows. As citizens of a non-EU country, the British will have no automatic right to roam free telephonically.