Mobile roaming charges for EU consumers will end on June 15, 2017

Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on wholesale price caps on Tuesday evening.

The caps on wholesale roaming charges were the last piece of the puzzle needed for the smooth implementation of a law abolishing retail roaming charges as of June 15, 2017, crowning a decade of efforts by Brussels to allow citizens to use their phones abroad without paying extra, Reuters reports.

Parliament and Council agreed on the following caps:

  • €0.032 for voice call, instead of the proposed €0.04,
  • a gradually decreasing cap, from €7.75 (15/06/2017) to €6 (01/01/2018),  €4.5 (01/01/2019), €3.5 (01/01/2020), €3 (01/01/2021), €2.5 (01/01/2022) per gigabyte instead of €0.0085 per megabyte (or €8.5 per gigabyte), and
  • €0.01 for text messages, as proposed by the Commission.