European Commission: death to roaming charges!

European Commission: death to roaming charges!One of the major nuisances when travelling abroad is choosing whether to disable roaming entirely, or suck it up and pay the frankly outrageous roaming charges.

But that could soon be a thing of the past, as the European Commission looks to ban additional charges for making calls, sending texts or using data abroad. Brilliant!

As reported by The Guardian, Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission's Digital Agenda thingy, rightly describes roaming charges as a “cash cow” for networks and “a disproportionate irritant for travellers”. I like this lady.

Meanwhile, major European networks including Vodafone, Orange and Telefónica moan that the move might cost them £5.9 billion. Aww, boo hoo.

And yeah, I shouldn’t be arrested for all the murders I’ve committed because my job as an assassin brings in a cool million per hit.

Roaming, as it currently stands, is a bit of a joke. Customers on O2, for example, don’t benefit when travelling to Spain, even though Big Blue is owned by Telefónica.

Having said that, UK network Three Mobile recently announced that it won’t charge its customers extra when they visit Australia, Italy, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland, Austria, Sweden or Denmark.

As for the European Commission’s proposals, a spokesperson for Kroes says: "We don't give a running commentary on the proposals but we are committed to putting in place a method that pushes roaming out of the market."

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Treab  Sep. 9, 2013 at 12:15

i totally disagree with this bull. i accept maybe double costs i.e. the price of 2mb instead of 1 as you need to pay 2 networks for the service but if the EU forces this ban all that will happen is costs to us will increase.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 12:17

i totally disagree with this bull. i accept maybe double costs i.e. the price of 2mb instead of 1 as you need to pay 2 networks for the service but if the EU forces this ban all that will happen is costs to us will increase.
Why pay more on the same network though? Lots of UK networks also operate over in Europe, even if some use a different name.

Stelph  Sep. 9, 2013 at 13:24

i totally disagree with this bull. i accept maybe double costs i.e. the price of 2mb instead of 1 as you need to pay 2 networks for the service but if the EU forces this ban all that will happen is costs to us will increase.
Why pay more on the same network though? Lots of UK networks also operate over in Europe, even if some use a different name.


I like 3 mobiles recent announcement mentioned here that they are bringing back the "like home" service where, as long as you are on a 3 network in one of the countries overseas, you can use your mobile minuites, texts and data as you would in the UK, all without having raised their mobile charges or slashing their curent offers

Three again showing that theyre the most forward thinking telco around IMO

Treab  Sep. 9, 2013 at 13:35

i totally disagree with this bull. i accept maybe double costs i.e. the price of 2mb instead of 1 as you need to pay 2 networks for the service but if the EU forces this ban all that will happen is costs to us will increase.
Why pay more on the same network though? Lots of UK networks also operate over in Europe, even if some use a different name.


but most of time when abroad your bouncing around 3rd party providers which want to be paid... so if the EU state no surcharges on contracts abroad companies will just increase the cost of tariffs...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 13:35

I'm guessing - but I think I know where Treab's coming from. If as a result of this ALL prices go up for ALL customers, I'd be p*ssed off, too. Let people who wanna roam/ need to roam sort it out. Offer them more reasonable options. Don't make others pay the bill. Not like we are in a democracy!

Stelph  Sep. 9, 2013 at 13:41

I'm guessing - but I think I know where Treab's coming from. If as a result of this ALL prices go up for ALL customers, I'd be p*ssed off, too. Let people who wanna roam/ need to roam sort it out. Offer them more reasonable options. Don't make others pay the bill. Not like we are in a democracy!

Lets be honest thats what will happen, remember what happened when the change to car insurance meant that men and women had to be charged equal, it just meant the womens charges went up to match the mens rather than any decrease in price

Thats why I think 3 mobiles solution is the best, if you are on their network (irrespective of where in the world you are) then you have the same deal as you do at home and can use your included charges, if you skip to a non-3 network then it costs you a little extra because the network is also charged for connecting you which is fair, unfortunalty all the other networks will just bump prices everywhere im sure

kas786  Sep. 9, 2013 at 13:49

Have to agree with Treab. Not happy about this, due to the few who enjoy roaming abroad with their phones the many will now have to pay a huge premium. Obviously the networks aren't going to take the hit with the costs, they will pass it onto us, their customers.

Thanks to the EC my bills will be going up soon, for something i don't even want :(

3 - three's - approach is by far & away the best & fairest idea. Allow those who roam abroad in areas their network covers FREE acess. This doesn't penalise those of us still in the UK who don't or can't afford to venture abroad. Well done three shame on the EC

Treab  Sep. 9, 2013 at 13:53

I'm guessing - but I think I know where Treab's coming from. If as a result of this ALL prices go up for ALL customers, I'd be p*ssed off, too. Let people who wanna roam/ need to roam sort it out. Offer them more reasonable options. Don't make others pay the bill. Not like we are in a democracy!

your right jan... slightly disgusted you lot were even slightly confused by my post :p

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 15:40

it just meant the womens charges went up to match the mens rather than any decrease in price
No, women's prices increased more than men's decreased. If you're "old" (read: an experienced driver) or drive a sensible car it likely made very little difference. The only noticeable difference was to young people and people who drive inherently expensive to insure cars. My OH's insurance (2010 Ford) stayed pretty much the same, whereas my insurance (2008 Audi) dropped a fair bit. My point being, the percentage change makes less of a difference when your original figure is relatively small, whereas the same percentage change makes a far larger difference when your original figure is large.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2013 at 15:43

i totally disagree with this bull. i accept maybe double costs i.e. the price of 2mb instead of 1 as you need to pay 2 networks for the service but if the EU forces this ban all that will happen is costs to us will increase.
Why pay more on the same network though? Lots of UK networks also operate over in Europe, even if some use a different name.


I like 3 mobiles recent announcement mentioned here that they are bringing back the "like home" service where, as long as you are on a 3 network in one of the countries overseas, you can use your mobile minuites, texts and data as you would in the UK, all without having raised their mobile charges or slashing their curent offers

Three again showing that theyre the most forward thinking telco around IMO

Yeah, it's a good idea. Why can't the other networks do the same, Vodafone, EE and O2 all have a presence in Europe, even if their name over there is different to their UK name.

I understand paying extra to use genuine 3rd party networks, but paying extra (in most cases a lot extra) to use your own network's foreign branch is just daylight robbery.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 9, 2013 at 17:41



Thats why I think 3 mobiles solution is the best, if you are on their network (irrespective of where in the world you are) then you have the same deal as you do at home and can use your included charges, if you skip to a non-3 network then it costs you a little extra because the network is also charged for connecting you which is fair, unfortunalty all the other networks will just bump prices everywhere im sure



That's not what Three are doing. You can roam on ANY network in those countries for free. So it doesn't have to be a Three network. For example you can roam on Wind in Italy or Optus in Australia free of charge.

Stelph  Sep. 9, 2013 at 20:17



Thats why I think 3 mobiles solution is the best, if you are on their network (irrespective of where in the world you are) then you have the same deal as you do at home and can use your included charges, if you skip to a non-3 network then it costs you a little extra because the network is also charged for connecting you which is fair, unfortunalty all the other networks will just bump prices everywhere im sure



That's not what Three are doing. You can roam on ANY network in those countries for free. So it doesn't have to be a Three network. For example you can roam on Wind in Italy or Optus in Australia free of charge.
you sure? Every news report suggests its only on the 3 network as it was in the past (before they stopped doing it for cost reasons or whatever)

AhmadCentral  Sep. 9, 2013 at 20:24



Thats why I think 3 mobiles solution is the best, if you are on their network (irrespective of where in the world you are) then you have the same deal as you do at home and can use your included charges, if you skip to a non-3 network then it costs you a little extra because the network is also charged for connecting you which is fair, unfortunalty all the other networks will just bump prices everywhere im sure



That's not what Three are doing. You can roam on ANY network in those countries for free. So it doesn't have to be a Three network. For example you can roam on Wind in Italy or Optus in Australia free of charge.
you sure? Every news report suggests its only on the 3 network as it was in the past (before they stopped doing it for cost reasons or whatever)


200% sure. I knew about this back in June. Read the three website and you'll find it on there. Plus other news reports have the correct info as well.

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