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Fiona Hall, Liberal Democrat MEP for North East England endorses Europeans for Fair Roaming. She is the 7th MEP to endorse our campaign, which now has cross-party by MEPs from most political groups in the European Parliament. Ms Hall is a member of the Parliament committee on Industry, Research and Energy, which is the main committee concerned with the roaming regulation.
Ms Hall commented: “It’s time to end this roaming rip-off. Calling, texting or using the Internet from your mobile should cost the same wherever you are in the EU. The only reason it doesn’t it because of the greed of the networks. They have tried to block every move we’ve made to reduce charges because they know how much people depend on their mobile phones.”
Please visit her website at http://fionahall.org.uk for more information about her work and click “continue reading” below to read her full statement on the new roaming regulation.
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With the beginning of summer and travelling time, travellers are warned over the high costs of using their mobile phones when abroad. When abroad, most mobile phone operators still charge roaming fees that are several times higher than what customers pay at home.
While prices for phone calls and SMS have been regulated within the European Union to save users from the worst bill shocks, the costs are still several times higher than for domestic use. Especially the costs for using data services such as surfing the web or sending e-mails are not yet subject to effective controls and can quickly get out of hand. This means that mobile phone users, especially those with modern smart phones or tablets can still get an unpleasant surprise after returning home. Continue reading
Reports from today have uncovered the new plans of the European Commission to lower roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU. According to a draft of the proposal, roaming call prices might sink to 24 cents per minute – but only from 2014 on. Further caps, especially for data roaming are to be expected.
In order to ensure that unfair roaming charges will finally be abolished, organisations from all over Europe have joined up to form a network against unfair roaming charges, “Europeans for fair roaming” (www.fairroaming.org). These include the only pan-European political party Europe United – the European Party, European campaign experts from the Austrian Institute for Law and Policy, the European youth organisation JEF, the technology news website ZDNet UK, JE Bayern and French Parti Federaliste and more are expected to join soon. Together, those organisations already represent several ten thousands of citizens from all over Europe. The goal of this European network will be to campaign for the abolition of all unfair mobile roaming charges across Europe.
The President of Europe United, Bengt Beier commented: “The proposals by the European Commission definitely point in the right direction but we now need to make sure they will be implemented. At the end, the EU will have to take action to abolish roaming fees once and for all.”
Over the last weeks, the FairRoaming.org network has developed and grown successfully: we are now supported by technology news site ZDNet UK (who are also running the petition against unfair data roaming charges) and the French federalist activists of the Parti Federaliste.
From the 5th to 7th of May, we were also represented by Europe United President Bengt Beier at the European Citizens’ Initiative Summit 2011 in Vienna where we presented the project to stakeholders and initiators and networked with several other interested organisations. So, stay tuned for the next developments…