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Cheaper roaming charges a "huge win" for British consumers

May 2, 2016 5:56 PM
Catherine Bearder MEP (George Dunk)

Catherine Bearder MEP "This is a huge win for consumers,"

There is good news for smartphone users heading to the continent this bank holiday weekend. From April 30th new EU rules will cap the cost of using your phone when abroad in Europe at 4p per minute, 2p per text and 4p per MB of data (excluding VAT), around four times cheaper than current limits.

Three UK's rate is dropping from 16.6p per minute, 5.2p per text and 17.4p per MB to 4.3p per minute, 1.5p per text and 4.3p per MB. Tesco Mobile has announced it will drop roaming charges altogether in more than 30 European countries between May and September this year. From July 2016, all phone companies will be required to scrap roaming fees for phone users travelling within the EU.

Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

"We are now one step closer to a roaming-free Europe.

"This is a huge win for consumers, making it easier to keep in touch and share your memories while abroad.

"Staying in the EU will mean lower prices, easier travel and more money in the pockets of British holidaymakers."