New caps take effect today — 45 cents per MB, 24 cents per minute, 8 cents per SMS

European mobile subscribers will enjoy lower roaming rates for calls, texts and data within the EU from today, as new price caps come into effect. The new roaming price limits kick in a year from the start of the original EU roaming caps, a move which saw an end to excessive intra-European roaming prices.

Here's a breakdown of how things will change for Europeans roaming within Europe —

  • Price cap from data reduced from 70 cents per MB to 45 cents
  • Making a call reduced from 29 cents to 24 cents
  • Receiving a call reduced from 8 cents to 7 cents
  • Sending an SMS reduced from 9 cents to 8 cents

So it's the maximum cost of data that's seen the most significant drop, which makes sense considering data roaming is often the most expensive part of using smartphones abroad. It's worth underscoring, as ever, that these new rates only apply to subscribers of European mobile network roaming within other European countries — users roaming within the EU on a non-EU carrier will not be subject to these price caps.

The new caps come into effect a year before separate European roaming rates are expected to be abolished altogether.

Source: BBC News


Reader comments

New EU roaming caps coming into place


Got a text from T-Mobile about this telling about the "great news" that they are dropping the prices as if they are doing this off their own backs! No, the EU forced you to drop your prices, otherwise you would be leeching us in the same way as you do when we travel outside Europe!

I received a silimar text from my Danish carrier, too. Probably a lot of them wil make it sound like this was their own brilliant idea...

Looking forward to the day when it will be possible to travel within Europe without the hazzle of either not having an internet connection (because you turned if off due to outrageous roaming prices) or finding a local prepaid SIM card. Finally possible to use to your phone as a GPS device with Google Maps across borders without getting ripped...

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traveling to dk this week with unlocked Samsung gs3...any tips for travel sim card upon arrival?? Will be there for 17 days in KPH.

Boo! There shouldn't be any charges for things! Why isn't everything just free!? Why can't ppl just use landlines or talk thru video chat while connected to WiFi!? Free alternatives aren't good enough! We demand more!!!

Honestly, Europeans are real troopers! They pay so much little necessities in comparison to rest of the world. I couldn't do it, but they can! Bravo!!