New roaming charges within the EU will come into effect July 1. The rules apply to the EU 28 plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. They do not apply to Switzerland.
Rates have been regulated by the European Commission since 2007, with a series of progressive changes. “Weak competition among national operators for roaming customers has, at times, led to excessive prices for these services,” an EU statement said when regulations first came into play. “High premiums for roaming and intra-EU calls are an excessive irritant to business and leisure customers; they are a market distortion with no rational place in a single market – they teach users to fear their phones instead of using them.”
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