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Default 07-07-2012, 19:08

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The new EU-mandated rates are due to start July 1, and I see that some of the UK carriers are lowering their data rates, but closer to 1/MB than the 50p/MB that the EU requires. (Orange has not announced yet, though has adjusted its rates a bit in last few months). And mostly in various bundles, so you end up spending more per MB. Won't they be in violation of new law?

I live in the US, and use PAYG orange sim card when visiting. Want to be able to use it throughout Europe.
Thats a rip off 1 megabyte they must be making a killing at those rates its best to go with giffgaff or 3 if your a heavy internet users on payg...
   
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Thats a rip off 1 megabyte they must be making a killing at those rates its best to go with giffgaff or 3 if your a heavy internet users on payg...
It is indeed a rip-off, but the altneratives that you suggest are available only within the UK. This topic is about roaming, i.e. outside the UK.
   
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The required rate is 70 cents per MB, plus VAT, with the exchange rate for non-Euro currencies taken from an official EU rate published on 1st June

For UK users, this appears to mean a maximum of 67.19 pence a megabyte

But some networks seem to be heading more towards flat rate bundles, though fairly modest sized, which is fine for some users but more expensive for others
Actually it transpires I was a bit inaccurate with this, as the most recent roaming regulation has a different arrangement for the relevant dates to fix the exchange rate for the year.

The link to the new regulation, published in the EU Official Journal on 30th June, only appeared on the EU website a couple of days ago (and some pages have the old link), so I'm forgiving myself for the wrong assumption about the previous arrangement being carried forward.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/...10:0035:EN:PDF

7. Where maximum charges under Articles 8, 10 and 13 are denominated in currencies other than the euro, the initial limits pursuant to those Articles shall be determined in those currencies by applying the average of the reference exchange rates published on 1 March, 1 April and 1 May 2012 by the European Central Bank in the Official Journal of the European Union.

To save people searching paragraphs - that's for retail purposes. For wholesale the exchange rates are taken from the 1st May.

The pound has gradually become slightly stronger against the euro in the last few months, so a slightly higher permissible limit in pence derives from that averaging, hence 69 pence rather than that 67 on one or two networks.

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http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/...10:0035:EN:PDF

7. Where maximum charges under Articles 8, 10 and 13 are denominated in currencies other than the euro, the initial limits pursuant to those Articles shall be determined in those currencies by applying the average of the reference exchange rates published on 1 March, 1 April and 1 May 2012 by the European Central Bank in the Official Journal of the European Union.

To save people searching paragraphs - that's for retail purposes. For wholesale the exchange rates are taken from the 1st May.

The pound has gradually become slightly stronger against the euro in the last few months, so a slightly higher permissible limit in pence derives from that averaging, hence 69 pence rather than that 67 on one or two networks.
The relevant EUR/GBP rates published in the EU Official Journal on 1st March, April and May were 0.84390, 0.83105 and 0.81295, so the average is 0.82930. This is the correct rate that Ofcom and the UK mobile networks are using.
   
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