Brit travellers to have mobile phone bills slashed in Europe

Posting Facebook pics from abroad will be a lot cheaper from June 2017

Posting Facebook pics from abroad will be a lot cheaper from June 2017

Brits will pay less for calls and data while abroad, after Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to ban roaming charges for mobile users travelling in Europe. Here’s the information you need…

What is the change: Brits travelling in Europe will pay the same for using their phones as they do in the UK.

When will this start: We’ll have to wait until 15 June, 2017. However, from next April prices will be capped with maximum surcharge of 3p per minute for voice calls and an additional 1p per text.

Will data charges be capped: Yes, but this will also be from 2017. In the meantime, the interim cap will mean the maximum data surcharge will be just 3p per megabyte

How much will the full cap save me: MEPs say this will save British holiday makers around £61 a year.

All good news then: Not quite. There are some experts who believe operators will merely increase domestic charges to make up for lost revenue abroad. Time will tell.

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