In June 2017, the roaming charges in the European Union were removed. It would seem that we won't incur any additional costs for phone calls, text messages, and downloading data from the Internet any longer. However, the EU law allows for exceptions from this rule and that fact is willingly used by the mobile network operators.
How much, and when will we pay for the roaming in the European Union?
According to the new EU regulations, we shouldn’t incur any additional costs for using the mobile phone inside the EU area. But in fact, the customers of some mobile phones companies in the EU countries will be charged for the phone calls, sending text messages and downloading data from the Internet. But it only applies to the exceptional situations and is allowed by the EU law.
Does everyone have to pay for the roaming in the EU?
Luckily, the additional roaming charges do not involve all customers. Some mobile network operators have introduced charges that are only calculated when the mobile phone has been used abroad in the last 30 days more often. Before you travel, it’s best to check the conditions of your mobile offer and make sure which additional services will be additionally charged.
What are the roaming charges outside the European Union?
The above-mentioned changes in calculating charges for the phone calls, text messages, and Internet use do not apply to the countries outside the European Union. Before the travel, it may be a good idea to check the rates of the roaming charges in the country you’re traveling to. You have to be aware that the charges may be higher than in case of the roaming inside the EU.