Brits will no longer receive excessive charges when using their mobile phone in the EU, confirmed by an announcement from the European Parliament.
Bbc.co.uk reports that from December 15 2015, consumers will pay the same amount to use their mobile phone in the EU as they do in the UK. In the past, Brits have been stuck with high bills when using their phone in another country, to the point where it’s put them off from using it abroad at all.
A survey recently conducted by the European Commission reveals that 94 per cent of Brits avoid using the internet too much when they’re in Europe, because they’re afraid of the high costs.
The EU commissioner for the Digital Agency, Neelie Kroes, says consumers don’t want to be taken advantage of any more.
“This is what the EU is all about – getting rid of barriers to make life easier and less expensive,” she explains, reports reuters.com. “We should know what we are buying, we should not be ripped off and we should have the opportunity to change our mind.”
Consumers may welcome the changes, especially as 4G is becoming more widespread and people will use a lot more mobile data than they were previously.
Just last year lower data roaming caps were introduced, so Brits currently have to pay a maximum of 39 pence per MB when using the internet in the EU.