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Roaming charges dropped in time for summer holidays

March 28, 2012 3:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

George Lyon, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland, has welcomed the deal struck by MEPs and EU Member States last night in Brussels to reduce the costs of using mobile phones abroad.

Business travelers and holidaymakers alike will benefit in particular from a cap on data roaming which from July this year will be limited to 70 cents (around 60p) and fall to 20 cents per MB (around 17p) in 2014.

Until now there has been no cap on the cost for using mobile internet options while abroad, leading to extortionate bills for many on their return home.

The cost of making a call using a mobile phone abroad will be capped at 29 cents a minute (24p) this July and fall to 19 cents (16p) in 2014. Texting abroad will be cut to 9cents (7p) this year and 6 cents (5p) in 2014.

Commenting, Mr Lyon said:

"This is another important step towards ending rip off charges for mobile phone usage abroad.

"For too long people have gone on holiday or a business trip to the continent and come home to find a hefty bill waiting for them.

"These new rates will help ease the financial burden of making calls and roaming, which has become second nature to many whether at home or abroad.

"These changes will come into force this July which is great news for Scots heading off on their summer holidays."