EU kills roaming charges in Europe from June 2017

Go forth and roam free

MEPs have voted to finally kill roaming charges in the European Union from June 2017, bringing an end to the sky-high costs that can be incurred when using your phone abroad.

You won't have to wait until June 15 2017 to feel the benefits of today's vote though, as the politicians have also voted for significant cuts from April 2016. These include 3p per minute calls, 1p text messages and a 3p per MB data charge, although those prices do exclude VAT.

When the roaming charges are abolished completely in 2017 you'll only pay your operator's rate for calls, texts and internet usage, without the surcharges we've had to suffer for years.

Bring your bundle abroad

Any monthly allowances you may get as part of your tariff will also be available when rolling your way around the continent.

This will also put an end to holiday 'bill shock', and the horror stories we see in the news of unsuspecting holiday makers returning home to bills running into thousands of pounds.

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