EU changes to make mobile use cheaper abroad
Changes to the European Union's mobile roaming regulation could mean savings for mobile phone users abroad
Holidaymakers could be set to benefit for new changes to the European Union's mobile roaming regulation, which will introduce price caps for mobile phone data downloads.
Scheduled to be introduced from July 1st, the change will mean families and individuals travelling across the continent this summer will spend less on using their mobile to access maps, email and social networking sites aboard.
The improved EU roaming regulation, which will also take into account calls, text messages and data use, could see phone bills reduced by as much as 75 per cent compared with prices from 2007.
Families travelling this summer could save as much as 200 euros while a typical businessman could save over 1,000 euros per year with the changes.
Commission vice president Neelie Kroes said: "By putting price caps on data we have created a roaming market for the smart phone generation.
"More than that, we have ended the rip-offs familiar to anyone who has used a mobile phone while travelling abroad. I am pleased that year after year the European Union is putting money back in the pockets of citizens."
Posted by Sarah Nyman
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