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Europe to put an end to phone roaming charges by 2017

By Josie Clarke

Mobile roaming charges are set to be scrapped within the European Union from June 2017.

Under the new rules, mobile phone users will pay the same price to make calls, send text messages and use data wherever they are in the EU, meaning calling friends or family while travelling will make no difference to bills from June 15, 2017, the European Commission (EC) said.

Roaming charges will become cheaper from April next year, when operators will only be able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices of up to €0.05 (3p) per minute of call made, €0.02 (1p) per SMS sent, and €0.05 (3p) per MB of data, excluding VAT.

Andrus Ansip, the EC's vice-president for the Digital Single Market, said: "Europeans have been calling and waiting for the end of roaming charges as well as for net neutrality rules. They have been heard.

"We still have a lot of work ahead of us to create a Digital Single Market.

"Our plans to make it happen were fully endorsed by heads of state and government last week, and we should move faster than ever on this."

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