Media: Cost of using smartphones in EU to fall

4th July 2011

The newspaper adds that the news will be a big blow to mobile operators.

A price cap on mobile phone roaming (paywall) within the EU is to be extended by four years to 2016, the European Commission will announce this week.

Mobile operators had been hoping to stave off further regulation; price caps will from next year be imposed on data downloads as well as on voice calls and SMS messages.

Browsing the internet or receiving e-mails while abroad will cost no more than 90 euro cents ($1.31) per megabyte from July 2012, descending to 50 cents by 2014, compared with an average of more than €2 today despite prices being capped at the wholesale level.

Consumer groups have welcomed the news.


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