Relief is on the way for those of you across the pond who enjoy traveling, but loathe roaming prices from mobile carriers. As Europeans already know, mobile networks are allowed to charge whatever fee they want for phone calls, text messages and data when roaming in other countries. So for some individuals, they are greeted with a “shock bill” when returning home from a holiday— a massive cellular bill due to charges that a cell phone user may be unaware of. The European Union has taken note of this and the Parliament has voted to place a cap on all roaming charges for mobile subscribers. The move is meant to reduce the overall cost of using your phone when you’re out of your home country.
The new caps are set to begin in July and will impose a set cap for users. Rates will be limited to 24p per minute for calls and 58p per megabyte for data. The Parliament hasn’t stopped there either as it plans to allow cellphone users to pick which network they wish to roam with rather than be restricted to the network chosen by their main cellphone carrier. The end hope of this new regulation? Fairness and equilibrium by 2015.
It’s a small, but significant victory for all mobile subscribers in Europe, isn’t it?
source: Cool Smartphone
via: Android Central