Roaming charges in the European Union (EU) will become a thing of the past by 15 June 2017 after MEPs approved proposals from the European Commission (EC) put forward earlier this year.
Before the end of roaming charges in 2017 there will be a price drop in April 2016, with operators only able to charge up to €0.05 per minute of call made, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per megabyte of data.
Commission vice president Andrus Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, said the vote was a clear win for citizens of Europe who would now be able to use their phones in any nation just as they do at home.
"As from mid-June 2017, Europeans will pay the same price to use their mobile devices when travelling in the EU as they do at home. And they will already pay less as from April 2016," he said.
"This is not only about money; this is about bringing down barriers in the Digital Single Market. Today's achievement is a first step towards a Telecoms Single Market."
The 2017 date represents a compromise between the EC and MEPs. At the start of 2015 a date of 2018 was put forward at the start of the year, which was a notable step backwards from the initial plan of abolishing roaming by 2015.
However, with a 2017 date in place the region can now continue on its journey towards a single digital market. The EC said it hoped a single telecoms market would help new businesses emerge.
"Roaming charges currently teach users to switch off their mobile phone when abroad," the Commission said.
"If they are not afraid of their bills anymore, they will use their devices more regularly when they are travelling – this means more opportunities for online businesses and start-ups to provide services to consumers when they travel in the EU."
The end of roaming charges has already drawn some notable support, with UK prime minister David Cameron saying earlier this year that he supported the plans.
"This deal is fantastic news for British consumers and shows that the UK, working with its partners, can deliver real change in Europe, bringing significant benefits for working people," he said.
"It also shows that the EU can show the flexibility and creativity to deliver changes that benefit people in this country and across Europe."
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