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Mobile roaming charges in EU slashed

Press AssociationPress Association 29/04/2016 Josie Clarke

Mobile roaming charges within the EU will be significantly cheaper from Saturday when an interim cap comes into effect ahead of a full ban next year.

The cap will make roaming within the EU 75 per cent cheaper during the interim period, the European Commission says.

From Saturday operators will only be able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices of up to 0.05 euros ($A.07) per minute of call made, 0.02 euro per SMS sent, and 0.05 euro per MB of data, excluding VAT.

The charges will end altogether on June 15 next year, meaning mobile phone users will pay the same price to make calls, send text messages and use data wherever they are in the EU, as if they were at home.

The new rules aim to prevent consumers receiving huge bills after downloading films or other data while travelling in Europe.

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