Data Roaming Charges to be Abolished

After years of negotiations extra costs of using mobile phones in countries across the EU are to be abolished.

The ban has been given the go ahead by the European Government and looks set to come into force from 15th June 2017. It was reported 665 MEPs voted in favour of the deal.

When phone users are abroad roaming charges are added by mobile operators for calls, texts and internet browsing.

An interim cap on charges will take effect from 30th April next year.

The aim of the ban is said to be to prevent consumers from being caught out by massive bills when downloading films or other data during their holiday in Europe.

Those not in favour of the ban believe the loss of revenue will mean an increase in overall prices including those for non-travellers.

There have been many lengthy discussions over the plans between EU officials and mobile phone operators which are also tied into proposals affecting how internet traffic is managed.

There has also been some opposition to the move in the European Parliament after the UK government used the proposals as evidence for supporting EU membership.

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