Following a vote in favour of such a bill last month in the European Parliament, the European Parliament has now approved legislation which, as of July, will set a maximum charge of 10p a message for a UK customer sending a text from Europe. In addition, mobile phone operators will have to provide clearer information on the cost of surfing the internet and downloading data when abroad. Data roaming and call costs will also be going down. From next year mobile phone users will receive a reminder when they have spent 50 Euros - currently £45 – whilst using these services abroad. Below is a list of the new reduced charges:
- Text message - 11 euro cents (10p; 14 US cents)
- Data downloads - 1 euro per megabyte
- Voice calls - 43 cents per minute (outgoing); 19 cents (receiving)
NOTE - price caps do not include VAT
If you would like some advice on using your mobile phone abroad, whether it be for sending texts, making calls or downloading data abroad, do not hesitate to call Plum on 0161 6223500.
Ofcom have put a pdf guide and a video together highlighting some key issues you should consider when using your mobile abroad