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EU caps roaming charges

speedtux (1307149) writes | more than 5 years ago

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speedtux (1307149) writes "The EU is about to cap roaming charges within Europe (actually, cap them further, since some caps are already in effect). The new caps are effective in July and are:

  • text messages are capped at 0.11 EU
  • data is capped at 1 EU / Mbyte (0.50 EU in 2011)
  • calls are capped at 0.46 EU for outgoing and 0.19 EU for incoming (0.35 EU and 0.11 EU in 2011)
  • per-second billing is mandatory after the first 30 seconds
  • providers are required to let customers set a cut-off amount (50 EU by default) for their charges

These limits apply regardless of contract, including prepaid pay-as-you-go plans.

Note that these are better conditions than some domestic US plans; for example, AT&T's PayGo (no commitment, pay-as-you-go) is $0.25/minute (in or out), $0.20/SMS, and $10/Mbyte. In different words, it's cheaper to make roaming international calls within Europe than to make domestic calls in the US. And no major US carrier that I know offers cut-off amounts on anything other than pre-paid plans. Maybe the US needs more regulation of its mobile providers?"

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