Global SIM card users are among those customers who will benefit from newly-enacted European roaming regulation, which promises to lower roaming costs through 2014.
According to the new EU law, prices for roaming will be lowered to 29ct/min for calls and 70ct/MB for internet access in July 2012 and will keep going down to 19ct/min for calls and 20ct/MB for internet access by 2014. Competition is given a jumpstart as well. Users should be able to choose their roaming operator.
And the law doesn’t stop there, as it also brings new and improved consumer protection rules into the spotlight. Mobile network operators will now have to send a warning when the bill for internet use approaches 50 Euro.
“I am very happy about the outcome of today’s vote,” stated Bengt Beier, coordinator of the FairRoaming.org campaign. “While the EU could have slashed roaming prices even more than it did, I can safely say that we achieved 80 percent of what we wanted. Prices for roaming will be lowered by more than half. Consumers will have a choice of operators when going abroad. Protection of users will be improved. But we call on the EU to keep up its work and bring down the prices for all international and roaming calls.”
The new roaming laws start on July 1.
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