The first thing I do whenever I land on foreign soil is double check that data roaming is firmly set to off. With non-UK megabytes often costing several British pounds a piece, it’s all too easy to rack up a mammoth bill.
But, if the House of Lords gets its way, that could soon be a thing of the past. Ok, maybe not soon. Let’s go with eventually.
The fantastically-named House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on the Internal Market, Energy and Transport Committee (phew) has written to Ed Vaisey, Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries, suggesting it’s about time “unacceptably high” roaming charges are addressed.
“For too long consumers have been left in the dark as to roaming charges, leading to ‘bill shock’ when people use their phones abroad," begins Baroness O'Cathain, chairman of the committee.
"The industry will not reduce its prices voluntarily, and the EU needs to keep up its system of price caps in order to drive costs down. But retail price caps are only an interim solution: the EU must put in place more sustainable solutions, and by doing so develop a truly competitive marketplace in the longer-term.
“If they do, then we can finally start to see the consumer being put first in an area where their interests have too often been neglected.”
That’d be pretty sweet, Baroness. Cheers for that.