Mobile phone charges down this summer

Mobile phone bills for people travelling in Europe will come down this summer following a vote in the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday (Wednesday).

MEPs voted to control the cost of making calls from abroad as well as receiving calls from home.  They also voted to bring down the charges for “data roaming” which covers downloading information from the internet.

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said: “Mobile phone companies have been ripping off holidaymakers and business people from the East Midlands for too long.”

“The practice of charging different rates across national boundaries has always been artificial, in effect an excuse for charging higher prices.   Today’s vote will lower costs considerably and for those travelling abroad and using their mobile it will be a real benefit.   It will be cheaper to make or receive calls, send texts or check Facebook or the football scores online.”

“We wanted to get rid of roaming charges altogether but unfortunately MEPs from right wing parties supported the phone companies and we had to agree on a temporary measure.”

“However, if roaming prices have not come all the way down to domestic levels by 2016, then the European Commission will be obliged to propose additional legislation to ensure that roaming charges are identical to domestic prices.”

“At a time when everything else seems to be going up in price, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to force mobile phone prices in the opposite direction.”

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