EU roaming charge caps are "great news"

29 April 2009 — 2:00 PM

The move means cheaper calls and texts across the EU

The decision to regulate roaming charges is "great news" for those with the latest phones, it has been claimed.

According to a spokeswoman for Ofcom, the European Parliament's vote in favour of new rules to keep SMS and data fees capped is a welcome one - particularly at the time of year when thoughts turn to summer holidays.

She added that following the announcement - which means from July 1st, text messages sent from abroad in the EU will cost 10 pence or less - Ofcom had posted a video online that would help explain impending changes to call charges.

"[Our] advice is designed to ensure that UK consumers get the most out of their mobile phone and internet on the move when they go abroad without coming home to a high bill."

The new regulations will also see mobile phone call charges fall from 42 to 32 pence per minute between now and July 2011, with calls received while roaming abroad dropping from 20 to 10 pence per minute.

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