The European Commission (EC) is proposing another round of roaming price cuts, aimed at future-proofing the rights of users across Europe to get low-cost calls while abroad.
The EC announced on Wednesday that it had made progress towards an agreement between members of the European Parliament, representatives of the Council and the European Commission.
The rules will create caps for data roaming and bring down prices, according to the EC. Prices will come down "progressively" as the market levels out, it added.
"Consumers are fed up with being ripped off by high roaming charges. The new roaming deal gives us a long-term structural solution, with lower prices, more choice and a new smart approach for data and internet browsing," said Neelie Kroes, EC vice president for the Digital Agenda.
Under the new rules roaming consumers will pay no more than 29 cents per minute to make a call, eight cents per minute to receive a call, nine cents to send a text message and 70 cents per MB to download data or browse the internet.
The Parliament is set to approve the plans in May and the Council in June. This means that if approved, the rules will come into force by the summer.
"The benefits will be felt in time for the summer break - and by summer 2014, people can shop around for the best deal," Kroes said.
Increased competition is an important part of the plans, and the EC said consumers will be able to sign up to dedicated roaming contracts when they need them, meaning that they can make sure they have the right sort of deal for their kind of travel.
Competition will also give users greater choice when they find themselves in a different country. They will be able to choose a local provider and can select a different one than their own provider at home.
Mobile operators will he helped here by their right to access other operators' networks at regulated wholesale prices, the EC added. Mobile operators, of course, will be able to offer their own roaming rates to users.
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