EU-Roaming: Surcharge Free Use Only 90 Days Per Year

Off phone calls abroad EU home or surfing the mobile Internet free in Paris, Madrid and Rome? This is the plan of the European Commission, which wanted to abolish the so-called roaming charges originally completely next year. On the way there, the cost of the Smartphone Usage abroad fell last time in April. Many had been pleased, after all costs to zero should be a new draft which provides Commission but still serves.

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Limit to 90 days in the year

The Commission has presented a proposal for the regulation of roaming charges from June 2017 in Brussels. That will completely disappear extra costs not she hot but now different. The fair use rule stipulates that phone users abroad under the conditions of the contract, send messages and can surf only up to 90 days per year. The design should prevent consumers to book cheaper fares in a country, but permanently use in another country. Also must set the provider a contractual clause, after the customers themselves must register at the latest after 30 days in your home network. Prepaid SIM cards must be used also in the network for a while before they work abroad. Special rules apply to residents and took if your Smartphone dials in once per day in the home network. The proposed premiums are at maximum 4 cents per minute, 1 cent per SMS and 0.85 cents per megabyte.

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Wholesale prices too high

Consumer advocates raise the alarm with regard to high wholesale prices. The Consumer Council believes that these fees, which are willing to put mobile operator abroad using customer invoice can, not low enough are scheduled. So are the upper price limit at 4 cents per minute for the phone calls, 2 cents per SMS and 0.85 cents per megabyte for surfing the Internet. The experience show that the actual wholesale prices move mostly close to the upper limits, so the Consumer Council. Small vendors or providers without their own network lacking bargaining power, to lower wholesale prices to settle.

Provider must costs

The consequence: small providers use either a clause that still allows them to raise the so-called sustainability clause roaming fees from consumers. Or drastically restrict the free roaming for their end customers in the framework of the so-called reasonable use. Only in this way, they could accept wholesale prices without even having to pay on it. However doing this more expensive, your offer so that customers could lose and would ultimately ousted by the market. The Consumer Council calls for lower limits for the wholesale prices for EU roaming, for example significantly lower than 4 cents per minute for a call.