In a time not too far from now, we’ll look back on roaming charges and laugh heartily at the notion of paying extra to use your mobile abroad. Oh, those quaint old fools in 2014.
In the meantime, the European Commission continues on its anti-roaming charge crusade, adjusting the caps (er, in the good way) for making and receiving calls abroad, sending text messages, and using data.
Before VAT, charges for making calls from abroad are now capped at 19 Euro cents per minute (down from 24 Euro cents), while receiving a call is capped at 5 Euro cents per minute (down from 7 Euro cents).
As for sending text messages, they now cost a maximum of 6 Euro cents each, which marks a 25% drop from 8 Euro cents.
Best of all, however, is the notion of data carrying a maximum charge of 20 Euro cents per MB, which is down a fair bit (over 55%) from the previous cap of 45 Euro cents per MB.
Ultimately, the European Commission wants to do away with roaming charges altogether by 2016. Good.
If you’re lucky enough to be on Three (hi), they have a whole host of countries where you can Feel At Home i.e. use your domestic allowance abroad at no extra cost.