roaming chargesThe EU is set to drop roaming charges to new lows by June 2017, setting domestic rates instead of roaming rates across all member states.

The proposed laws create rates for all EU citizens with stable links to their home countries like work commuters, expatriates, or Erasmus students. This means that travellers using their mobiles in EU member states will pay the same as they would at home.

The BEREC (Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications) provided the main feedback on the new Roam Like at Home Laws, said the European Commission.

If consumers abuse the Roam Like at Home laws, for example by the mass use of local SIM cards sold abroad, operators will be able to apply small surcharges of a maximum of €0.04/min per call, €0.01/SMS and €0.0085/MB in data roaming.

The operator must have complaints procedures in place in case of disagreements, says the European Commission. The national regulatory authorities would have the final word.

Operators would be able to apply the same small surcharges in the case that Roam like at Home puts their domestic charging model at risk.

Since 2007, roaming prices have decreased by more than 90%, but consumers are still being constantly shocked by data roaming charges on smartphones – applied even in the home market.

In 2015, based on a proposal of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council agreed to end roaming charges for people who travel periodically in the EU. “Roam like at Home” – where customers pay domestic prices, irrespective of where they are traveling in the EU – will become a reality for all European travellers by June 2017, said the European Commission.

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