EU call charges to end by 2017

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MOBILE roam­ing charges will end within the EU by mid-2017 and will be sig­nif­i­cantly cut next sum­mer af­ter the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment for­mally ap­proved the rules.

Users will pay the same price to make calls, send text mes­sages and use data wher­ever they are in the EU from June 15, 2017.

This means mobile users within the EU will be charged the same as they would in their home coun­try.

Roam­ing charges will be­come cheaper from April next year, when op­er­a­tors will only be able to charge a small ad­di­tional amount to do­mes­tic prices of up to 3p per minute for calls, 1p per SMS and 3p per MB of data, plus VAT.

The new rules aim to pre­vent con­sumers re­ceiv­ing huge bills af­ter data while in Europe.

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