Going, going gone! No more roaming charges from June 2017

The EU parliament has just ruled to abolish roaming charges completely from June 2017. This means that starting June 2017, you will not have to pay anything extra for calling, texting or using internet data in any of the 28 member states of the European Union than what you will naturally pay in the UK.

Earlier in June, after a late push, the EU sealed an initial agreement on this to begin effectively a couple of years after prolonged deliberations delayed the implementation by over a year.

Network operators, who will only be able to levy roaming charges at reduced rates from April 2016, will now need to start work on rolling back their 'attractive' roaming packs by June of 2017. The applicable rates from April 2016 onwards will be €0.05 per minute of calling, €0.02 per text and €0.05 per MB of internet data consumed.

Currently, network operators charge additional roaming charges of €0.19 and €0.05 per minute of outgoing and incoming calls, €0.06 per text and €0.20 per MB of internet data consumed.

'Bill shock is a real worry for consumers when ‘roaming' in Europe whether on work or for holidays. So much so that uploading holiday pictures is a complete nightmare. This ruling is a massive win for consumers who travel frequently. However, this could also prove to be a costly ruling for them.'

‘Every time mobile networks get done in for overcharging customers, it affects their profits margins and this in turn means that prices could potentially go up for customers.’ says Sunetra Chakravarti, Mobile Choice editor.

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With the ruling, the EU Parliament has also paved a way for 'net neutrality' which will allow governments to maintain parental control and also to bring in their own legislations by the end of next year.

"On net neutrality it is important that the internet remains open and neutral, and we now have rules in place on how traffic is managed, to ensure that there is no anti-competitive behaviour.

"This means, for example, that access to a start-up's website will not be unfairly slowed down to make way for bigger companies.

"Vitally, we have ensured that parental control measures, where permitted in a member state such as the UK, will be able to continue," said the British Conservative MEP and Chair of the Internal Market Committee.

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