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EU forces big cuts in roaming on data, voice and sms

Discussion in 'Wireless News' started by Barciurek, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Barciurek

    Barciurek Junior Member
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    Euro MPs have voted overwhelmingly to cut the cost of texting and using the internet on mobiles abroad.

    The cap for a "roaming" text will fall to 11 euro cents (10p; 14 US cents), from about 29 cents on average today.

    The EU-wide caps, excluding VAT, will take effect in July. They cover text messages and data roaming services, such as checking e-mails while abroad.

    The current price cap of 46 euro cents per minute for an outgoing voice call will also fall to 43 cents in July.

    The legislation was passed by 646 votes in favour and 22 against. It has already been approved by EU telecoms ministers.

    Text message - 11 euro cents (10p; 14 US cents)
    Data downloads - 1 euro per megabyte
    Voice calls - 43 cents per minute (outgoing); 19 cents (receiving)


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    BBC NEWS | Europe | EU forces big mobile price cuts
     
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  2. Kalimotxo

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    We really are spoiled here in the US with such great rate plans and coverage over all 50 states PR and DC. Expensive roaming charges are so 2002.
     
  3. Barciurek

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    Not really, you guys just have a big country it's logical that if you travel to diff country you get different rates ;)
    The other thing is that Europe because of its density is nearly 100% covered so there are rarely any dead zones... and you don't pay for incoming anything
    So it's really a good thing that EU is actually forcing operators to cut int'l roaming prices ;D
     
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    There really isn't a direct comparison to be made. American networks can, in theory, cover the whole country. Europe isn't a single country, indeed this ruling only applies to EU members. Even within the EU there is no single telecoms market, for example, Vodafone UK is a separate company from Vodafone Germany. Hence no one single network can cover the whole continent; subsidiaries can, but they aren't a single company with unified pricing structures, etc. Hence market forces are poorly equipped to reduce these rates, which is where this ruling comes in.
     
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