As per a new European Union Law Telecom operators are abolished from levying roaming charges across the European Union. All items including text, internet and calls will come under the purview of this ruling and the telecom operators are expected to retain the same tariff (home tariff) across EU.
Until now the operators used to add a roaming charge to the cost of calls, SMS and web browsing whenever the customers leave their home circle and are on roaming. Roaming charges have been one of the important revenue channels for the telcos, and usually, the customers end up paying a heavy premium while roaming in other countries.
“Each time a European citizen crossed an EU border, be it for holidays, work, studies or just for a day, they had to worry about using their mobile phones and a high phone bill from the roaming charges when they came home,” said the European Commission in a statement. “The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story. Eliminating roaming charges is one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the EU.”
EU has been negotiating with the telcos for nearly a year in order to strike a deal. On the contrary Telecom operators have been warning the authorities that the tariffs in the home circle would eventually go up since they would have to cover up the loss from the roaming revenues. The statement from the authorities further says the following “The EU has managed to find the right balance between the end of roaming charges and the need to keep domestic mobile packages competitive and attractive” and before concluding they added “Operators have had 2 years to prepare for the end of roaming charges, and we are confident that they will seize the opportunities the new rules bring to the benefit of their customers.”
Needless to say, users still need to keep an eye on their data quota in case they exceed the same mobile operators can still levy a premium just like how they will be in their home circles. Apparently, some of the mobile operators have already increased the plan prices.