British consumers will see lower charges for using their mobile phones when travelling within the EU. The cost of calling, texting or using mobile internet in another Member State (roaming) will get cheaper, this is ahead of roaming charges being entirely scrapped in June 2017.
These reductions are coming into force after Conservative MEPs backed the proposals in the European Parliament in October 2015. When travelling in the EU, mobile device users will only pay a small amount on top of their domestic prices: up to €0.05 per minute of call made, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per MB of data.
Richard Ashworth, Conservative MEP for South East England, said after the reduction in charges: “These reductions in roaming charges are concrete evidence of how our membership of the EU benefits people in Britain. Millions of Britons travel to Europe for both business and leisure every year. Now thanks to EU law the costs associated with this travel will be reduced and British consumers will save millions of pounds a year.”
“Both Conservative MEPs and government ministers have fought hard to secure these cuts in roaming charges for British travellers. Not only is this a tangible benefit of our EU membership, but an example of the level influence we have at the top table in Europe to secure Britain’s interests.”