Today’s vote in the European Parliament to impose lower roaming price caps on mobile operators for calls, texts and online surfing means significant savings for European consumers, but abolition has to be the way forward”, said Labour MEP for Munster Phil Prendergast.
Speaking from Brussels, Ms. Prendergast said: “Stricter price caps mean reduced costs to make and receive roaming calls and cheaper sms texts and, for the first time, price caps on roaming data services for online surfing and email use. Users will also be free to choose among different roaming operators while keeping their mobile number.
“However, my view is that roaming costs for mobile phone services have no place in the EU’s Internal Market and I remain committed to work towards their abolition.
“The EU is forced to impose cheaper prices for roaming services as companies keep pricing their services near the level of mandatory price ceilings.
“Roaming no longer makes any economic sense. Consumers are paying up to four times the wholesale market prices charged by mobile operators to other mobile operators.
“We need to make the Single Market work, so that our citizens and businesses can have more opportunities to recover and prosper in Europe.
“Consumers are paying four times the wholesale market prices charged by mobile operators to other mobile operators - not to mention the actual cost of these services for international operators that do business across borders. This is a measure of how outdated and non-competitive roaming charges have become.
“If mobile roaming tariffs were to be the same as those at home, you would no longer hesitate to make or receive calls, to text or to use online services for fear of unexpected, back-breaking bills when you return home.”