Europe rejoices: EU to ban all roaming charges after December 2015

19 Mar 2014

From 15 December 2015, a call made on a person making calls or browsing the internet will cost the same in Cyprus, or anywhere else in the European Union, as it does in Ireland.

In a release from the European Union, the EU Parliament has given the go ahead for the legislation to be adopted and will soon be passed into law.

However, before the new rules can enter into force, they will still need to be approved by both the European Parliament and the Council.

The push to totally abolish roaming charges has been in the works since 2007 where since then, the EU has been gradually reducing roaming charges.

In that time the costs have come down significantly with European consumers having seen their roaming costs of calls and text messages drop by 80pc, while data roaming is now up to 91pc cheaper than it was seven years ago.

Despite this, in the view of the EU and the average consumer, the added cost that is often multiple times the rate they pay at home is wrong with 28pc of travellers in the EU deciding to switch off their phones entirely when abroad to avoid roaming charges, according to a survey by the European Commission.

The European Commission had previously claimed that roaming charges were to be abolished this year but this legislation, with the understanding it will be approved, will definitely happen on 15 December.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic