Join Date: 18 May 2010
EUROPE: mandatory single tariff - 14-05-2012, 15:25
Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere yet, but some changes in European regulations (capped tariffs) are coming into play this summer. Here is a link to a news story and snippets. Apparently you will be able to pre-select which network and plan you want to use when roaming.
BBC News - EU sanctions cheaper mobile-phone calls within Europe
From July, using mobile data in Europe will not cost more than 70 cents (56p) per megabyte - far less than current rates.
The first changes will come into effect from 1 July. Calls will be capped at 29c (23p) per minute, plus VAT.
The EU said that from 2014 customers would be able to choose their mobile networks upon arrival in a country, or signing up to a contract before leaving.
Currently, mobile users are forced to use their standard domestic operator when travelling abroad - or to use alternative arrangements, such as a cheap pre-paid SIM card.
Under the new regulations, customers can choose a different operator with a more attractive travel tariff before leaving - without changing their number.
By July 2014 customers will also be given the option to shop around for the best deal and sign up for a separate mobile contract using their existing number when going abroad.
They will also have the option to directly select a local mobile network in the country they are visiting.
The new roaming charges will progressively go down and by July 2014 the aim is that roaming consumers will pay no more than 19 cents (15p) to make a call and 20 cents (16p) per megabyte of data. The cost of receiving a call will fall to 5 cents (4p) and sending a text to 6 cents (5p).
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Join Date: 24 Oct 2010
Now it's left for us to see where the operators will charge us extra costs to compensate for the lost revenue due to these tariffs dictated by the EU....
INT: abroadband, NL: Simyo, *bliep, BE: Colruyt Mobile, MEDIONmobile, LUX: Orange, PL: mBank Mobile,
DE: Congstar, MEDIONmobile, IE: Vodafone, CH: OK Mobil, SwissCom, SE: Telia, ES: MásMovil,
GR: Cosmote, IT: TIM, RO: Vodafone, RS: mt:s, BY: Privet, UA: Kievstar, MD: Moldcell
Feel free to consult me about sim cards in the Benelux and Poland.
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Join Date: 10 Dec 2004
This sort of review and new tariffs come around every year.
So far the network operators haven't produced any of their own progress towards what the politicians will view as a single market, so there will probably be regulations for some years longer. On the other hand, there are now some networks with some roaming tariffs actually cheaper than locally, for example sms to ohter countries.
Going forward a couple of years, I'm slightly sceptical at how likely it will be or practically easy it will be made to select a separate local tariff on arrival
And not all of those local providers will have international calls cheaper than roaming rates anyway. For data, I still expect to think about a local SIM, and I still expect to take more than one phone for some time to come.
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