iPhone Users Face Extortionate Bills For Data Roaming

Consumer group Which? has requested that new rules to cap prices for data roaming within the EU should be rolled out internationally.

Consumers using mobile devices such as the iPhone and Google Nexus One which roam the internet, currently face unlimited bills when they travel abroad.

Although roaming charges will be capped in 27 European countries when new rules are introduced this summer, huge chargers will still be incurred for travellers going anywhere else around the world.

Matt Bath , spokesman from Which? stated, "Mobile phone companies should voluntarily take these very sensible steps and apply them on a worldwide basis."

However, for the moment Which? is advising anyone travelling abroad to switch off the data roaming facility on their mobiles.

In reply to theses comments The GSM Association has stated, "Europe is a very unique market. We would not advocate copycat regulation for other territories."

From 1st July travellers within the EU will be limited to a maximum £45 charge for data downloading each month. It does not seem likely for the moment however, that price limits on data roaming will be rolled out anywhere else in the world.

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