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End of roaming charges in the EU – in principle

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End of roaming charges in the EU – in principle

In a statement, the European Commission called the end of roaming charges “a true European success story”, and said the EU had achieved it while maintaining domestic mobile packages “competitive and attractive”.

However, critics say that the EU has overpromised on the issue: the Financial Times reports that dozens of telecoms have applied to be exempt from the roaming rates, and that “roam like at home” will not be reality for consumers in some countries.

According to Politico, the exemptions would allow telecoms to still charge marginal roaming rates, while some countries have refused to implement the new rules. Politico also published a detailed description of the history of one of the most high-profile projects within the EU.

Although the EU celebrates today as marking one of its biggest achievements, the battle to end roaming charges is thus not quite over yet.

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2017-06-15 12:33

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