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[BBC] European Parliament votes to end mobile roaming fees

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The European Parliament has voted to scrap the roaming fees charged for using a mobile phone while abroad. Under the wide-ranging telecoms reforms, the cost of making a call or downloading internet data in another EU country will be the same as at home.

The EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, has said "consumers are fed up with being ripped off". The new rules come at a time when users are consuming ever more data on mobiles and tablet devices. As 4G networks offer even faster download speeds, data consumption is expected to rise exponentially.

source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26866966

It still requires individual countries to approve it so that it can be introduced into local law, but I see no reason why it would be blocked. It should likely begin next year!

A great win for the European consumer and advancing technology smile.gif
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This is a brilliant move, I'm surprised the phone companies aren't kicking up more fuss about it because 'muh profits.'
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This is a brilliant move, I'm surprised the phone companies aren't kicking up more fuss about it because 'muh profits.'

Unfortunately for companies, the European Trade department has always been very much sided with the consumer... so we tend to benefit a lot from it smile.gif

Companies can't avoid operating in the whole of the EU, so they are kind of forced to follow it's directives!
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Companies can't avoid operating in the whole of the EU, so they are kind of forced to follow it's directives!
The EU has thankfully got the worlds largest economy, in theory we can pretty much do anything, so long as it applies Europe-wide.
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This is a brilliant move, I'm surprised the phone companies aren't kicking up more fuss about it because 'muh profits.'

The other side of it is that 94% of people simply don't use roaming when visiting another country in Europe because of these costs, so there isn't actually that much profit in it (overall, relatively its super high ofc).

That being said I don't use 3g/4g myself because the base cost is still too expensive for me biggrin.gif 8€ for 1 GB puke.gif
Edited by .:hybrid:. - 4/3/14 at 4:39am
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you guys need to come over here and teach our politicians some things about consumer VS corporation
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The other side of it is that 90% of people simply don't use roaming when visiting another country in Europe because of these costs, so there isn't actually that much profit in it (overall, relatively its super high ofc).

I don't have any figures to back this up, and its largely based on personal anecdote that I don't know anyone who uses roaming, but I don't think its a big financial impact.

Yep, if anything, people are more likely to use their phone as they would at home... Which means downloading paid apps when abroad.

So, rather than not buying an app because of roaming costs, users would be happy to buy it.

I did always love my business blackberry... When connected to BES, everything was free. Used maps, video etc... With my UK phone in Colombia. Was otherwise like 3 quid a meg.
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Excuse my ignorance, but isn't Scotland having a referendum to become a republic this year? Or has that been put on the back burner?
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Excuse my ignorance, but isn't Scotland having a referendum to become a republic this year? Or has that been put on the back burner?
Indeed we are, but it's been a case of educated guesswork by pro-independents as to how to carry out affairs after a successful Yes vote and brute threats and thinly veiled racism by the No campaign, quite a mess really.

Back on topic though, I'll probably use this during my holidays to keep in touch with friends over facebook, if I end up backpacking some of Europe with friends as is being discussed.
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Back on topic though, I'll probably use this during my holidays to keep in touch with friends over facebook, if I end up backpacking some of Europe with friends as is being discussed.

If you have a 3 mobile phone, it's "free" to use it in 11 countries across the world (free as in same price as home). That includes USA, Italy etc... and some others.

Despite living in Germany, I used my UK 3 Mobile contract (I have two contracts for Germany and UK) to get "free" data in Italy smile.gif
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