90 DAY ROAMING LIMIT REMOVED THANKS TO THE PUBLIC
Since 2006 the Commission has taken action to address the high roaming charges paid by consumers for using their mobile phones when travelling abroad in another EU Member State.
In 2015, the European Parliament and the Council adopted a Roaming Regulation, which entered into force on 29 November 2015. This regulation introduced the abolition of retail roaming charges in the Union from 15 June 2017, subject to “fair usage” of roaming services. The initial “fair usage” rules would have allowed Network operators to continue to charge customers who roam for more than 90 days per year.
To me, this would have significantly altered the agreement that was reached in 2015 and would have provided operators with the possibility to continue to rip off consumers.
Thankfully, the Commission President decided to withdraw the draft rules after they received numerous complaints from the public. In effect, the decision is clearly a big win for consumers and people power.
The Commission are shortly due to come forward with revised rules on the application of the “fair use” policy which was contained in the Roaming Regulation and I would urge them to take into consideration the views expressed by the public, especially on the 90 day roaming limit”.