The citizens’ campaign against roaming charges in Europe, “Europeans for Fair Roaming” (FairRoaming.org) has welcomed the new EU roaming regulation, which it fought for for the last two years. The new regulation will lower the prices for using mobile phones within the EU until 2014.
According to the new EU law, prices for roaming will be lowered to 29ct/min for calls and 70ct/MB for internet access in July 2012 and will keep going down to 19ct/min for calls and 20ct/MB for internet access by 2014. In addition, users will be allowed to choose a different operator for roaming which should bring about more competition. Consumer protection will also be improved when leaving Europe as operators will have to send a warning when the bill for internet use approaches 50 Euro.
A campaign to end the roaming rip-off
The citizen-led campaign against roaming charges managed to unite 18 associations, 14 Members of the European Parliament and a total of 150000 people behind the goal of making roaming charges in Europe a thing of the past. After two years of work by the campaign, the European Parliament listened to the demands and today (May 10) voted on new and improved rules for roaming in the EU.
Speaking after the vote in the European Parliament in Brussels today, the coordinator of the FairRoaming.org campaign, Bengt Beier, stated: “I am very happy about the outcome of today’s vote. While the EU could have slashed roaming prices even more than it did, I can safely say that we achieved 80 percent of what we wanted. Prices for roaming will be lowered by more than half. Consumers will have a choice of operators when going abroad. Protection of users will be improved. But we call on the EU to keep up its work and bring down the prices for all international and roaming calls.”
There is an opportunity to meet and discuss the new roaming regulation with a representative of Europeans for Fair Roaming in the European Parliament. For further information, please refer to the press release linked below.