Roaming charge abolition is good for consumers
and good for business – Hayes
The days of costly surcharges been charged by mobile operators are now over
Dublin MEP Brian Hayes has today (Wednesday) reminded Irish citizens that from tomorrow the 15th June the EU’s new “Roam Like at Home” rules come into force. Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg the Fine Gael MEP said that the days of fearing your mobile bill when you return from holidays are over. The abolition of roaming charges is good for consumers and good for business.
“The EU has been battling to abolish roaming charges for the last decade. From Thursday this will become a reality for all Europeans. For far too long we have been ripped off for using our mobile phones in another EU country.”
“Roam Like at Home means that when you are abroad in another EU country the cost of calls, texts and data usage will now be deducted from your home price plan. You will no longer be charged for receiving calls or pay additional costs to make a call or send an SMS. You will now have a generous data usage allowance which will be sufficient for checking social media, using Spotify or looking up websites. The days of costly surcharges been charged by mobile operators are now over.”
“The new rules apply to every EU Member State and will shortly be extended to Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. All mobile operators in these countries must respect the rules. Some operators have attempted to find loopholes in the new law that simply do not exist. The fundamental principal of “Roam Like at Home” must be respected.”
“I encourage any citizen who believes their operator is not respecting the new law from June 15th to report the case to COMREG, who has the power to take action.”
“The abolition of roaming charges shows that Europe can be practical and useful in citizens’ everyday life. It is pro EU citizens and pro-consumer” concluded MEP Hayes.