As EU bans roaming mobile charges from end of 2015, uSwitch says foreign mobile networks may bring cheaper packages to UK

3rd April 2014

The European Parliament has voted to scrap mobile roaming charges across the European Union from December 2015

Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, says: “The death of roaming charges can’t come soon enough. Brits abroad already have limited protection from post-holiday bill shock within the EU but, even so, our research shows that 12% of UK mobile customers have fallen foul of roaming charges in Europe – averaging £120 each on top of their typical monthly bills.

“Technically, this move means foreign mobile networks could start to chase British custom, which could mean cheaper deals due to stiffer competition. Good news for mobile customers, not such good news for mobile networks, who will see their bottom lines impacted and could attempt to claw back the shortfall by raising bills across the board.

“British holidaymakers still need to be extremely careful as there is relatively little protection against roaming outside the EU. Anyone taking their mobiles abroad should always check before they travel to find out the costs, and what they can do to reduce them.”

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