If you have ever gone abroad then you have probably been hit by roaming charges when you came back home. They are annoying and aren’t really warranted in an age when smartphones are so widely used.
Thankfully, at least in Europe, these roaming charges are about to go away as the European Council voted to put an end to the charges this week.
As a result of this vote, you will no longer pay roaming charges when you travel in Europe from June 15th, 2017.
Instead of these charges, you will be charged the same price as you are normally charged for calls, texts, and data at home.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallia, the Maltese Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy said the following about it:
“Today’s final vote in the Council clears the path for free roaming, when Europeans go on holiday this summer, they can enjoy the freedom of being able to stay in touch and use the internet as if they were at home. The EU is making our lives easier in very practical ways.”
The EC have said that this change will apply to all European countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway from June 15th, 2017, we don’t yet know how this will be affected by the UK leaving the EU, however, you will at least get 2 years of no roaming charges in the EU.
You can read more about the news at the source link below.
Source: European Commission