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[Press Release] Citizens’ Initiative welcomes EU deal for lower roaming costs

EU Council (symbolic image, photo by European Council)

Yesterday evening, the EU lawmakers European Parliament and the Council of Ministers managed to broker a deal that will allow mobile phone, smart phone and tablet users to enjoy much lower costs when using their devices abroad. The deal came after some hard discussions between the two institutions. The citizens’ initiative “Europeans for Fair Roaming” that has been working on this issue warmly welcomes the agreement, even though it hoped for a fast reduction in prices.

According to the deal, 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 enabled to choose a different operator for roaming which should bring about more competition.

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Roaming: Seeing through the smoke screen

We just published a small information flyer with the best overview over the roaming issue, key facts and the demands for a fair, sustainable roaming policy. Download it here now: Roaming: Seeing through the smoke screen

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[Press Release] European Parliament and Council at odds over roaming

At a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the EU with representatives from the European Parliament and the European Commission, some national ministers stated that they are against lower prices for roaming in the EU.

 According to reports, the Council does not want to follow the proposal of the European Parliament to further lower prices. Instead, ministers are defending the interests of big telecommunications companies and their practice of charging extreme fees for using mobile phones and tablets abroad. In addition, the Council wants to limit influence of the Parliament in the implementation of further rules through the so-called Comitology procedure. Continue reading

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FairRoaming reaches first goal, gets more support

European Parliament committee - photo by European ParliamentLast week, the European Parliament’s ITRE committee voted for lowering roaming costs within the EU. This marked a big success and step forward for our campaign. The Parliament’s vote followed a proposal of the European Commission from last July but demands even lower price caps for roaming:

  • no more than 15 ct/min to make calls and 5 ct/min to receive calls by 2014,
  • no more than 5 ct for sending SMS,
  • no more than 50 ct/MB for internet access from 2012,
  • no more than 20 ct/MB for internet access from 2014,
  • easier access for alternative operators to offer cheaper roaming services.

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