Global: Mobile roaming charges in EU will end in June 2017

The European Commission and Parliament had mutually decided June 2017 as the date to eliminate roaming charges within European Union (EU), according to a decision taken by lawmakers on Monday night.


Several talks were held on this regard. EU and Parliament had earlier agreed to end roaming charges by the end of this year. However, the representatives of EU member states in the council of EU suggested mid-2018.

From next April, a new limit will be imposed on the roaming fees. Currently, the roaming costs €0.19 per minute for calls, €0.06 per text messages and €0.20 per megabyte of data. From April, these charges will be revised to €0.05 per minute, €0.02 per text and €0.05 per megabyte relative to domestic costs.

Also, according to the new proposed law, service providers will be allowed to prevent “abusive use of roaming, including using roaming services for purposes other than periodic travel”. Network operators can also request the regulator to grant exceptions, designed to meet the needs of Nordic states where retail prices are low.

The proposed law is awaiting approval from the EU members and European parliament to become law.

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July 1, 2015 5:52 pm 5:52 PM

Pan India portability from 3rd July. COAI confirmed

July 1, 2015 11:39 pm 11:39 PM

@Saket COAI has not confirmed, read the post carefully.

July 1, 2015 5:49 pm 5:49 PM

Shame on the India mobile operators. They can make both India and Nepal as RLH as a goodwill gesture.

July 1, 2015 11:40 pm 11:40 PM

@Sudhakar – they did, however we need an earthquake for it to happen. Sad.

July 2, 2015 8:33 am 8:33 AM

No. During that time, only international roaming incoming calls were made feee. No RLH was implemented.

July 1, 2015 10:14 pm 10:14 PM

I hope this is sarcasm 🙂

July 1, 2015 11:40 pm 11:40 PM

@Amiya – coming from Sudhakar – you never know!

July 1, 2015 5:47 pm 5:47 PM

So a prepaid subscriber from Germany can enjoy RLH for call, SMS and data rates even when roaming in France, Switzerland, Italy etc. Right?.

July 1, 2015 11:42 pm 11:42 PM

@Sudhakar – Bang on… if you consider GERMANY, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, ITALY to be a part of EU.
However when it comes to GREECE well thats another story….