MEP victory on mobile phone charges this Summer

Bills on mobile phone calls for travellers in Europe will come down from 1st July this year after a plenary session vote in the European Parliament in Brussels today (Thursday).

In time for the summer holidays, Labour Euro-MPs voted to regulate not simply the cost of making calls from abroad and receiving calls from home, but also to bring down the charges for “data roaming” when holidaymakers want to download information from the internet.

The changes should see the cost of making a call drop this year from around 30p/min to 20p/min and the cost of sending a text will fall to 7p. Further changes will follow with the cost of making a call set to fall to 12 p/min – or less – by 2014. Data roaming costs will also be capped for the first time with 1MB costing 40p.

“Holiday makers have been ripped off for far too long.

“This vote will mean that it will be considerably cheaper for people to make calls, send texts and go into Facebook and Twitter.

“I particularly welcome the fact that the price of using your phone online will be going down.

“We want to see the prices of using your phone abroad to eventually come into line with the charges you would pay at home. If this doesn’t happen by 2016, then the European Commission will be obliged to propose additional legislation to ensure that roaming charges are identical to domestic prices.

“We wanted to get rid of roaming charges altogether but unfortunately the right wing MEPs supported the phone companies and we had to agree on a temporary measure.