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Rest easy during EU holidays: no more extra roaming costs

Rest easy during EU holidays: no more extra roaming costs

Tre has no upper limit on roaming in the European Union, meaning that you may use the same data that you do at home (so if you have a 15GB contract, you get 15GB in any other European Union country).

These are extra charges for making calls, sending texts and using data when in a foreign country and apply as soon as a mobile phone uses an overseas network. "If they are not satisfied with the explanation and you continue to use roaming services more than your home country services, the operator may charge you an additional roaming fee for all roaming traffic", warns HAKOM.

"There's just a small percentage of consumers who will benefit from the scrapping of roaming charges", he told The New York Times.

"Eliminating roaming charges is one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the European Union", the commission said.

In a joint statement yesterday from the Commission, European parliament and Council, the move is described as "a concrete, positive result for European citizens".

So if, for example, if you from overseas and are in Denmark and need to call the hotel, book a restaurant or call a tour guide, that will be treated as an global call - even though you're in the same country as them at the time. Your mobile phone contract itself will probably go up as providers look to make up for their losses elsewhere.

Under the new European Union regulations, customers must be charged the same as if they were at home but this applies only to when they are travelling, and not to calls made from the United Kingdom to the EU. However, the included minutes and texts will with most plans still only be free to use only to mobiles and premises in your home country.

This is mostly in place to stop the "permanent roamers" out there, who may try to use this as a method of securing the cheapest plan in Europe and using it in their own country permanently.

"Roaming charges will now be a thing of the past", continued Juncker.

There are limits, with a fair use policy to avoid abuse from so-called permanent roamers; and fees still possible (albeit capped) for very low-cost plans.

The way we use our phones is changing and with the growth of the digital sector it shows no sign of slowing down. This will leave users still incurring roaming charges if they exceed that cap.

As of today, the 15th of June 2017, these roaming charges are outlawed by the EU.

They noted the abolition of the practice had "been a long time coming, with many actors involved".

Once the user has surpassed this allowance, a charge of €9.50 per gigabyte of data will then apply.


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