February 6, 2017 The end is nigh for EU charges! According to an EU Commission Press Release of 1 February 2017, representatives of the EU Parliament, Council and Commission have agreed on how to regulate wholesale roaming markets (the prices operators charge each other when customers use other networks when roaming in the EU) before finally ending roaming charges on 15 June 2017. EU negotiators agreed on the following wholesale caps:
The Agreement means that when travelling in the EU, consumers will be able to call, send SMS or surf on their mobile at the same price they pay at home. If consumers exceed their contract limits when roaming, any additional charges will not be higher than the wholesale roaming caps agreed today. The agreement makes "roam-like-at-home" sustainable for people and businesses, while ensuring cost recovery and keeping national wholesale roaming markets competitive.
The Commission will conduct a review of the wholesale market by the end of 2019 and provide co-legislators with an interim assessment by 15 December 2018.