Thanks to EU roaming rules, the cost of making and receiving calls when abroad in the EU is now substantially cheaper than in 2007, when the EU first started to tackle excessive roaming charges.
The maximum tariffs (excluding VAT) for calls, texts and downloading data are:
|1 July 2014||30 April 2016**||15 June 2017***|
|Outgoing voice calls (per minute)||€0.19||domestic price + up to €0.05||no extra roaming fee, same as domestic price|
|Incoming voice calls (per minute)||€0.05||€0.0114||no extra roaming fee, same as domestic price|
|Outgoing texts (per SMS message)||€0.06||domestic price + up to €0.02||no extra roaming fee, same as domestic price|
|Online (data download, per MB*)||€0.20||domestic price + up to €0.05||no extra roaming fee, same as domestic price|
*The tariff is per Megabyte to download data or browse the Internet whilst travelling abroad (charged per Kilobyte used).
**From 30 April 2016 onwards, the roaming fee equal to domestic price + €0.05 may not exceed €0.19 for voice and €0.20 for data. The roaming fee equal to domestic price + €0.02 may not exceed €0.06 for SMS.
***When traveling in the EU