29 June 2007

EU - Cheaper roaming tariffs now available across Europe

Starting from 30 June 2007, European consumers can request cheaper tariffs for phone calls abroad from their mobile-phone operators. The regulation on mobile-phone roaming. It was published in the Official Journal on 29 June 2007 and will come into effect on 30 June. Until then, all mobile phone operators in Europe have to offer tariffs that are on the same level or cheaper than the Eurotariff. Since operators have up to a month to activate the new tariff, Europeans going on holiday in August will need to request the cheaper rate from their operator at the beginning of July, in order to make sure they benefit from the cheaper rates. See Regulation (EC) No 717/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2007 on roaming on public mobile telephone networks within the Community and amending Directive 2002/21/EC. See also EU Roaming Regulation enters into force across all 27 Member States on 30 June and International Mobile Roaming : how will the new"Eurotariffs" reduce the cost of using a mobile phone in the European Union? (RAPID)