Great News For Holidaymakers As Roaming Rates Cut Across EU

01 July 2011

SNP MEP for Scotland Alyn Smith has welcomed today's lower prices for roaming calls in the EU.

With effect from today EU mobile operators will again be obliged to lower retail prices for roaming calls in line with EU rules first introduced in 2007 and amended in 2009. Consumers opting for the EU-regulated "Eurotariff" will pay no more than 0.35 euros per minute for calls made and 0.11 euros per minute for calls received while abroad in the EU.

Consumers and business travellers will continue to be protected from unexpected "bill shocks" for downloading data over mobile networks as monthly bills for data downloading are limited to €50 unless the customer explicitly agrees otherwise.

Alyn said:

"It has taken some time for the lowest band of prices to reach consumers - having first voted on this legislation in 2007 - but despite the delay they are very welcome.

"With the population of the UK sending more than one billion texts a week, text messaging is big business. Consumers can now have peace of mind that to stay in touch with their family and log on to Facebook and other sites while abroad in the EU won't cost the earth.

"These new roaming prices will be of immediate benefit to Scots holidaymakers and business travellers alike. Consumers will save an estimated 5 billion euros a year, leaving more holiday money in peoples' back pockets. As someone who has to use their mobile abroad on a regular basis, I'll confess this is good news for me too.

"I am also pleased to see that the Commissioner recognises that although we are moving in the right direction, structural flaws still exist in the roaming markets and so it is good news that the intention remains to bring forward new legislative proposals in order to tackle them.

"I am delighted that Scots holidaymakers can take full advantage of these cheaper prices during this summer holiday season."

For more information please visit the European Commission's roaming website: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/roaming/index_en.htmTable