Europeans making mobile phone calls while roaming are set to see roaming fees drop by some 70 percent on average, thanks to regulation from the EU that has finally passed its last bureaucratic hurdle. Last month, the European Parliament voted in favor of the roaming caps. This week the telecommunications ministers gave their nod of approval, marking the final step.
Until the new regulations come into effect, however, member states need to formally adopt the rules on June 25 and then officially publish them come June 29. These measures are just formalities. Analysts say consumers are not likely to benefit from the roaming caps until after the summer since the regulations give carriers a month's grace period to determine their new plan rates.
For more on the EU roaming caps coming to fruition:
- see this article from SMH