EU data roaming charges fall

On The Phone

Today the cost of accessing the internet in EU countries has dropped by more than a half.

British travellers and holidaymakers should still be wary that the best thing to do when you go on holiday is turn of mobile data and data roaming, restricting all Internet browsing to WiFi only.

The charges have dropped considerably, but even so using 1GB of data abroad can still cost you up to four times the amount it would if you were in the UK.

Introduced and implemented by the European Commission, the new data tariff will limit the charge for using one megabyte of data to 16p.

Our mobile network providers like O2, Vodafone and EE have also been ordered to drop the price of texts to 5p, incoming calls to 4p and outgoing calls to 15p per minute.

But even better news for avid travellers is to come later this year when the EU introduces their major telecoms reform. Expected to be put in place "within months", the new reform will do away with data roaming charges altogether. Therefore using data abroad will cost no more than using data in the UK.

Sky News is reporting that when telecoms reform comes in it could really hurt network providers, and they estimate that by 2020 the telecoms industry will have lost £5.6 billion as a result.

Neeli Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission told Sky said: "This huge drop in data roaming prices will make a big difference to all of us this summer.

"But it is not enough. Why should we have roaming charges at all in a single market? By the end of this year I hope we see the complete end of roaming charges agreed."