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Our demands for fair roaming regulation

While many of the proposed amendments to the new EU roaming regulation are going in the right direction, the discussed price caps are still much too high. The retail price caps for mobile phone users must be set at lower levels than what is currently proposed:

  • No more than 11ct for calls made by 2014
  • Free receiving of calls from 2014 on
  • No more than 10ct/MB for data by 2014

Furthermore, the EU is risking to destroy the business of small operators that wish to enter the roaming market and make attractive offers for roaming if too high hurdles are introduced. We therefore demand the non-discrimination of small and virtual operators accessing roaming services, lower price caps (especially for internet access), free receiving of calls, concrete plans for a more integrated European telecommunications market, and more. For more details, please have a look at our position paper: Roaming Improvements.

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Tell us how you would improve the roaming regulation

On July 6, the European Commission published their proposal for a new EU roaming regulation that will help to further bring down prices for using your mobile phone when abroad and already took up a lot of our initial demands. Last week, the proposal was submitted to the European Parliament committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and Legal Affairs (JURI) which will now debate the proposal and may make changes to it.

We are now reviewing proposals and ideas we have received from different people and gathered over the last weeks in order to put together a catalog of improvements to the regulation. Our goal is to make this proposal even better than it already is.

And you can help us to do this: Take a look at the proposal by the European Commission here and at the short description after the break (just click “continue reading”). And then just tell us what you think about it and how you think the proposal could be improved by e-mail to roaming@europeunited.eu or by commenting on this post.

Your input is greatly appreciated!

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Upcoming event: Debate on roaming regulation hosted by Róża Thun MEP

On September 20, Róża Thun MEP, who also supports our campaign, will host a working breakfast and debate with MEPs and Stakeholders on the new EU roaming regulation. The event will take place from 08:15 to 10:00 at the Members’ Salon in the European Parliament in Brussels.

During the discussion the Polish Telecoms Regulator will present its proposal on how to lower roaming cost further by injecting more competition into the European telecommunications market. Further speakers are expected to include Róża Thun MEP and Marek Sowa, Marshal of the Małopolska Region; Vesa Terava, Head of Unit, DG INFSO; Angelika Niebler MEP; Wolfgang Kopf, Senior Executive Vice President, Public & Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom; and Monika Stajnarova, Junior Economic Officer, BEUC.

For more information on the event and to register, please head over to the website of Róża Thun MEP.

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German operators evade EU roaming rules, keep ripping off customers

According to German website Teltarif.de, several German operators are trying to keep ripping-off customers and evade the EU rules against unfair roaming charges by not offering the lower-cost “Eurotarif” as the standard for roaming or even by changing the contracts of their existing customers.

T-Mobile and E-Plus automatically include roaming packages with their contracts which can be more expensive for customers – even though the EU-regulated “Eurotarif” should be the standard with new contracts. O2 even changed the contracts of all their existing customers to a different package – without their approval.

Read more about this here (in German): http://www.teltarif.de/euro-tarif-ausgehebelt

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