Following End of Roaming Charges, EU Intros New Max Price for International Calls and SMS

Following End of Roaming Charges, EU Intros New Max Price for International Calls and SMS Image Credit: artoleshko/Bigstockphoto.com

EU announced a new maximum price for all international calls and SMS within the EU member states as of the 15th of May. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT).

Following the end of roaming charges in June 2017, these new price caps for international calls and SMS in the EU are part of the EU-wide overhaul of telecoms rules. The new rules for international calls tackle large price discrepancies that previously existed between Member States.

On average, the standard price of a fixed or mobile intra-EU call was three times higher than the standard price of a domestic call, and the standard price of an intra-EU SMS message more than twice as expensive as a domestic one, said EU in a statement. In some cases the standard price of an intra-EU call can be up to ten times higher than the standard price for domestic calls.

Telecoms operators across the EU will have to notify the consumers of the new price caps. The rules will apply in all 28 EU countries as of 15 May and soon also in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

The maximum price is capped only for personal usage, i.e. for private customers. Business customers are excluded from this price regulation, given that several providers have special offers particularly attractive for business customers.

Andrus Ansip, VP for the Digital Single Market
The price caps for calls within the EU is a concrete example on how the Digital Single Market makes a difference to people, in their daily lives. In fact, building a Digital Single Market has created 35 new digital rights and freedoms. Overall the new telecoms rules will help the EU to meet growing connectivity needs of Europeans and boost the EU's competitiveness.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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