480px Man speaking on mobile phone Europe introduces cheaper roaming laws

The European Parliament has passed new regulations that significantly reduce the price of mobile phone calls and data usage when travelling in the European Union.

The European Parliament has passed new regulations that significantly reduce the price of mobile phone calls and data usage when travelling in the European Union.

 
Beginning in July, there will be a cap on mobile data usage of 70c per MB, while calls will be capped at 29c per minute, including VAT. Data charges will drop further in future years, down to 45c per MB in 2013 and just 20c per MB in 2014.
 
Additionally, mobile users will be able to choose a different operator when abroad than the one used at home, starting in 2014. This is intended to encourage more competition in the market and give users greater freedom, as they will be able to select a new tariff in their destination country without having to change their number or phone.
 
man phone Europe introduces cheaper roaming laws
 
Currently there are different roaming prices throughout Europe, with some that are relatively cheap and others that are astronomical, sometimes as much as €5 per MB and 35c per minute for calls, which have already been subject to caps in recent years. 
 
These insane roaming prices have contributed to what is being called the “bill shock” phenomenon, where holiday-makers or business people receive outrageous bills for mobile usage abroad, where the same usage at home would have resulted in minimal charges.
 
The European Union believes these new laws will save an average business person over €1,000 a year, while those wanting to make a few calls while on holiday will also enjoy significant savings.