A provisional deal on new rules governing open Internet (net neutrality) and the abolishment of roaming surcharges was reached in the wee hours of 30 June after marathon negotiations between the European Council, Commission and Parliament, led by the Latvian presidency of the Council. Continue reading… “Roaming surcharges in the EU to disappear in June 2017, deal reached on net neutrality rules”
If you travel a lot internationally you more than likely have been stung by roaming Internet charges at some point or another. It’s possible to buy or rent a local SIM card when you’re abroad but this requires that your iPhone be either unlocked or jailbroken — and also limits users to just one mobile carrier in each country. (Video)
The EU is one step from ending roaming charges and delivering net neutrality for all Europeans.
The first move was to slash pricing of mobile phone roaming costs across Europe. Then calls were made to abolish mobile roaming costs completely, with a view towards “safeguarding citizens’ right to access an open Internet.” Today that vision has become a reality.
The measures will reduce consumer charges and simplify red tape for mobile companies.
As part of a raft of measures to reform the telecoms market, the European Commission is proposing to scrap mobile phone roaming charges across Europe. The Commission described the reforms as “the most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform”.
Travel internationally has become easier and cheaper. Accommodation platforms, such as CouchSurfing, offer more affordable places to stay and travel apps provide tourists with cheaper dining options. But there is one part of traveling that has remained expensive despite development in other areas, mobile data roaming.
Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry, is taking on Apple Inc. with a touch-screen phone that puts a new twist on the technology.