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Roaming charges in the EU could be gone by 2014

Roaming charges in the EU could be gone by 2014 - read the full textNeelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, is lobbying the European Parliament for an end to roaming charges within the European Union. In a speech today in front of parliament, Kroes demanded support for moving through legislation a complete telecoms package for all of...

 

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The point is; there is no technological or economical/industrial rationale to have higher price in roaming abroad than the one paid domestically. Although, for the case of EU it is really a question: what is 'domestic' and what is 'abroad' since it is really one big country. Operators have no cost rationale for roaming pricing today as compared to domestic pricing for minutes and SMS. Cost to carry one minute is pretty much the same from operator point of view and there is no explanation why Vodafone customer the from the UK should pay roaming premium while roaming on Vodafone network in Spain. It is one same network - Vodafone. So why are roaming premiums charged? It's stupid.

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  • 2013-06-01 18:36
  • iKD@

> In reply to z @ 2013-05-31 07:34 from 4xqQ - click to readI'm sure the bill will contain some other nasty stuff.

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  • 2013-05-31 22:19
  • 3x%{

> In reply to geordie8t1 @ 2013-05-30 21:44 from 3xqh - click to readvOv I was basing it more on my personal experience than real stats. Also, if they left the EU this would prob generate more tourism for the rest of Europe, taking away from the UK, since people wouldn't have to pay roaming charges elsewhere.

Also; France, Spain and Italy all rank higher than the UK

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  • 2013-05-31 12:51
  • ptQX

How come we don't have cool politicians like this in North America?

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  • 2013-05-31 07:34
  • 4xqQ

> In reply to lolza @ 2013-05-30 20:40 from pq5j - click to readit makes sens they are the biggest contributers, they have much better wages then the uk, i have lived in Italy and Denmark, and even working hospitality i was on dreamlike wages compared to the uk, yes in Denmark everything is higher but not totally, even with a much higher tax bracket and living expenses i still had at least £1000 free after rent and bills every month, try finding a bar/hotel job like that in UK

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  • 2013-05-30 23:43
  • 3xqh

> In reply to Hesht @ 2013-05-30 16:12 from ptQX - click to readI'm from the UK, and I prefer to visit everywhere else, but you comment is so stupid, the UK is the 6th largest competitor in the WORLD, in terms of tourism and holidays in the UK, generating £150 Billion a year.

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  • 2013-05-30 21:44
  • 3xqh

> In reply to mcallim7 @ 2013-05-30 16:54 from MAJP - click to readThe 4 biggest contribs are denmakr, finland, germany and italy.

look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...d_recipients

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  • 2013-05-30 20:40
  • pq5j

i agreed with you, it will take long time and we might have hidden charges in some way.

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  • 2013-05-30 20:03
  • XNts

As much as I want free roaming in the EU, I doubt this will happen. Telecom providers will lose income and therefore fight this "project" all the way to the European Court of Justice. Companies are about profit maximization and not profit loss, especially in these times of crisis. If the EU Comission of DA succeed with their project, you can be sure that telecom providers will get their money through other ways in your contract/tariff. They could increase the prices of the tariffs alltogether or create high bogus fees etc. I'm quite pessimistic about this.

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  • 2013-05-30 18:44
  • TXUh

Very good idea, but I think this lady will be out of office very soon even for mentioning this idea :)

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  • 2013-05-30 17:20
  • SHpv

Would like to see all incoming calls being free across each telecoms carriers in the world, covering all countries. Wow feels nice to hear this news... haha

UNITED NATIONS ... hope they are thinking about this :)

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  • 2013-05-30 17:02
  • XNts

i could live with a high bill for two weeks a year.
As long as we get lower uk taxes, and we wont be paying out £65 billion EU membership fee each year

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  • 2013-05-30 16:54
  • MAJP

I am in favour :D

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  • 2013-05-30 16:32
  • HHHH

If UK pulls out then its UK citizens will get annoyed and would not like this EU free roaming not for them. May the people in UK dont want to joing EU in terms of politics and economics however they would really wants to be part of EU when its comes to free roaming. hahahahahaha double standard....

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  • 2013-05-30 16:18
  • XNts

> In reply to Tux @ 2013-05-30 16:11 from mXx} - click to read. . . How would it be useless? Not many people holiday in the UK :/

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  • 2013-05-30 16:12
  • ptQX

Yes please, that would be great!

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  • 2013-05-30 16:11
  • 3bvr

If the UK pull out of the EU, this will be useless. haha

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  • 2013-05-30 16:11
  • mXx}

Well its good move, obviously telecom companies might not like this coming and if they cant stop then they will at least try to delay as long as possible. However very good move which should have been taken long back, better late then never. Its pro people and EU mass will benefit. EU should not be only among politics and economics and need to mean it when people try and relate. They should start with incoming calls as free in EU.
Hope fully this replciated in other continents too...
One step at a time...... cheers

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  • 2013-05-30 16:09
  • XNts

oh..that's good to hear... :))

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  • 2013-05-30 16:02
  • Q5xN

> In reply to z @ 2013-05-30 15:54 from YbMe - click to readhahaha...

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  • 2013-05-30 16:01
  • Q5xN

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