EU cap to crush mobile roaming costs

EU cap to crush mobile roaming costs
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Happy holidays once again courtesy of the EU, as a new, lower cap on was slapped on the cost of Europe-wide roaming mobile calls and internet from Monday.

New rules state that from July 1st, customers of German phone providers cannot be asked to pay more than 24 cents a minute plus tax to make a call while visiting another EU country.

Incoming calls will be capped at 8.3 cents a minute, down from a maximum 9.5 cents. The cost of sending a message cannot now exceed 9.5 cents.

Checking emails while visiting another EU country is getting considerably cheaper with the price of downloading a megabyte of data plummeting from a maximum 83.3 cents per megabyte to 53.5 cents after tax.

Price caps are set to sink further next July. The annual price caps began in 2012 are timed to coincide with the start of the European holiday season and will work towards the EU’s goal to do away with roaming charges altogether. Proposals to that effect are expected in September.

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