Roaming costs to be scrapped altogether by end of 2015?

Roaming costs to be scrapped altogether by end of 2015?It's the day we never thought would come: EU legislators want roaming charges to be scrapped altogether by the end of next year, meaning using your phone elsewhere in Europe will cost no more than using it at home in the UK.

Not only that, it's also proposing legislation that would prohibit service providers from throttling internet speeds so they can sell faster access speeds at a higher price.

The EU has already committed to a widespread plan to overhaul the telecoms industry across Europe, which includes ending roaming fees by 2016.

But according to Reuters, a new proposal suggests that be moved forward.

“With effect from 15 December 2015, roaming providers shall not levy any surcharge in comparison to the charges for mobile communications services at domestic level on roaming customers in any member states for any regulated roaming call made or received,” the European Parliament industry committee paper supposedly says.

It's a far cry from the days – not that long ago – when you wouldn't even take your phone with you on holiday for fear of racking up huge bills.

Of course, the flipside is that service providers make less money – and further proposals are aimed at safeguarding consumers and content providers alike from being charged extra in other areas to make up for it.

The legislation would prohibit telecoms companies from only making the fastest networking speeds available to those willing to pay extra, whether it be companies such as Google, or ordinary consumers accessing the mobile web on their devices.

Unsurprisingly, the networks themselves feel differently, saying they should be allowed to self-regulate and let the market sort itself out.

“The principle that all types of internet traffic have to be treated equally is at odds with the way in which the internet works today, as different types of traffic have different requirements and need to be managed efficiently,” says Luigi Gambardella, head of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO).

The committee was set to vote on the measures last night, but the vote was postponed and will now be scheduled for a future date. Should the measures pass, they would still need approval by EU lawmakers and national governments before becoming law.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2014 at 12:26

And the networks will just think of some new outrage to compensate...

Whenever someone says "can I buy some call credit", god kicks a whistleblower in the angelical nuts. We give the networks credit. They give us nothing.
"I have £10 call credit left". No, you poor consumer, you do not. The networks have £10 of YOUR money left to play with.

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