This year rates were supposed to change and it meant consumers would enjoy better deals,but that has now been postponed until at least 2018 but they slightly try gentle the blow by saying we will get a better deal,this of course remains to be seen but time will tell no doubt,i will believe it when i see it.
Roaming charges of course vary for everyone but in 2015 you would think this would be a topic that should be fast tracked but no,its easily to see why not,its a great revenue stream and competition is heating up.
However the European Council has decided to send the package back to Parliament for further discussions, arguing that a new pricing mechanism should in the meantime mean lower costs.
“Within certain limits to be determined, consumers could make and receive calls, send SMSs and use data services without paying anything extra on top of the domestic fee,” it said in a statement.
“Once this basic roaming allowance is used up, the operator may charge a fee but this fee will be much lower than current charges,” it said.
“As the next step, the (European) Commission will be asked to assess by mid-2018 what further measures may be needed with a view to phasing out roaming charges.”
Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in Parliament, condemned the decision as favouring the telecoms companies over consumers.
“This is extremely disappointing … the only winners from it are national telecoms operators themselves. Member States should hang their heads in shame.”