Roaming charges in Europe have been reduced by up to 75 per cent as the European Commission pushes towards abolishing the charges completely by June 2017.
Assuming the UK remains part of Europe, this means when travelling across the continent, a mobile provider can now charge you no more than €0.05 extra per minute for outgoing calls, €0.01 per minute for incoming calls, €0.02 per text, and €0.05 extra per MB of data.
Currently, the cap is more than triple that at €0.19 per minute for calls, €0.06 per SMS and €0.20 per MB of data.
Ed Vaizey, minister for the digital economy, said the changes will reduce the cost of roaming for around a million UK citizen who stay in Europe every night, which equates to approximately £350m a year spent on roaming charges.
"So by realising these changes, we're going to save British consumers millions of pounds a year," he said.
The Commission is championing the move as one that is positive for businesses as well as individual travellers.
"The measure will create a better environment for businesses and for innovation. The new rules will notably promote the cross-border use of connected devices and services (e.g. connected cars) and boost the evolution of mobile apps on which one million Europeans now work," it said.
"Roaming charges currently teach users to switch off their mobile phone when abroad. 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 startups to provide services to consumers when they travel in the EU."
These caps will remain in place until June next year, when roaming fees will be abolished completely. As of 15 June 2017, it will be illegal for Europe's telecoms to hit customers with roaming fees, and they will instead be forced to charge the same prices that calls, texting, and data would cost locally.
The move is part of the the Commission's plan to establish the European Digital Single Market, and thereby get round problems thrown up by a patchwork of national laws and regulations.
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