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."