IT may just get a little cheaper to use your mobile phone across Europe, as an agreement has been reached to put an end to roaming charges.
Under the deal announced in the European Parliament no roaming charges, on top of what users pay at home, will be allowed after 15 June 2017.
However, to protect the industry against abuses such as permanent roaming, that is someone who uses a deal from one EU country for long periods of time in another EU country, the deal provides for a 'fair use' clause which is yet to be defined.
Prices for using a mobile phone while abroad in another EU country will in fact be reduced substantially as soon as 30 April 2016.
From that date, the maximum surcharge for voice calls made abroad will be 5 euro cents per minute (down from current 19 euro cents retail cap), whereas text messages (SMS) will cost only an additional 2 euro cents (down from 6 euro cents retail cap today) and 5 euro cents per megabyte (20 eurocents retail cap today).
These are ceilings, so operators are free to offer cheaper rates.