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The new EU roaming rules: an overview (Updated with actual law)

 Last week, the European Parliament voted for new price reductions for roaming in the European Union. This was a big success for our campaign and will make using your mobile phone abroad a lot more affordable over the next two years.

If you are wondering what exactly the new rules mean for you, here is an overview over the most important changes (please note that prices don’t include VAT yet):

  • Starting in July 2012, making calls will cost no more than 0,29 €/min. Until 2014, this will go down to 0,19 €/min.
  • Receiving calls and sending SMS will cost 0,09 €/min from July 2012 and 0,06 €/min from July 2014.
  • Internet usage will become cheaper for the first time in July 2012 and cost 0,70 €/MB. Until 2014, prices will go down to no more than 0,20 €/MB.
  • From 2014 on, you will be enabled to choose another, cheaper operator when abroad – without having to change your phone number!
  • When outside of the EU, you will be warned if your bill approaches 50€ of data usage.
  • Operators will not be allowed to block traffic and apps like Skype or Messengers.

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[Press Release] Citizens’ campaign against roaming: new EU roaming regulation a step in the right direction

European Parliament: The HemicycleThe 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

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European Parliament vote on roaming on May 10 – we will report “live”!

European Parliament BrusselsOn the 10th of May, the European Parliament will vote on the new EU roaming regulation in Brussels. After the many long discussions of the last months, this will formalize the good compromise we managed to broker together with other consumer interest groups and politicians…

And we will be in Brussels to report “live” from the vote as it happens! On the 10th of May from around 11:00 am, watch this space and our Facebook groupTwitter account and Flickr set to follow the action. We will report from the vote as it happens, publish some great information material – and we will have an exclusive interview with one of the MEPs who supported us and invited us to Brussels, Dr. Paul Rübig from Austria!

If you like to meet up and talk to us about the consumers’ view on the new EU roaming regulation, please do not hesitate to get in touch by e-mail at: roaming@europeunited.eu.

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ITRE committee gives green light to EU roaming deal

According to Paul Rübig, member of the European Parliament’s ITRE committee, the ITRE committee yesterday formally accepted the new EU roaming regulation. The details of the regulation that will bring down prices for roaming were agreed on between the two EU lawmakers, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, at the end of March.

After the ITRE committee has now accepted the new regulation, it will be voted on by the European Parliament in early May and the Council of Ministers in June and come in force by July 1. Thanks to the work of Europeans for Fair Roaming and like-minded organisations and members of Parliament, prices will then be slashed even more than originally proposed by the European Commission.

To read the statement by Paul Rübig in German, head over to his website.

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