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Roaming in the EU – pricing normalized everywhere

Published: 12th July 2017 10:22


There has certainly been reason for travellers within EU to rejoice as of late. Long gone are the days where you take a quick trip to Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris only to find a bill for your roaming-charges that exceeds that of your rent when you get back home. It even went as far as getting a new concept-word coined, bill shock.

Whilst not being completely eliminated, the new EU-regulation does eliminate the insane charges that from time to time were billed though. As of June 15th this year, the maximum fee for travellers within the EU that wants to use the roaming network is capped at 7,5 Euro per 1 GB of data. Whilst still being expensive, it’s not even close to what some providers charged in the early 2000’s. The trend will be ongoing, as EU aims to reduce the charges to a maximum of 2,5 Euro per 1 GB of data by year 2012.

The pricing however is convenient enough that we can perform most of what we usually want to do whilst travelling without too much worry. Although downloading heavy files might still bump up your bill significantly, other tasks such as checking in on social media, play live casino and mobile-games will be cheap enough that you can perform them with no worries.

Calling and texting has also seen a dramatic reduce in pricing. The highest fee you should expect to pay when making calls within the EU should be as little as 5 eurocents. As for texting, it has been normalized to a measly 1 eurocent per text – a reason to celebrate for any parent of teenage daughters.

There have been several cases throughout the 21st century where people have been getting 5-figure bill shocks after returning from their vacation. The most common reason being ignorance towards the high pricing that existed, but also simple forgetfulness.

Citizens of the UK may still rest easy for a couple of years. As of now, citizens of the UK may benefit from the normalization of the roaming charges for at least another two years. It’s still uncertain whether or not this benefit will apply to citizens of the UK after this two-year period, however.

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