Say goodbye to roaming

Kamil Augustyniak

The European Parliament has passed a proposition of a new policy concerning abolishing of roaming charges in the European Union. From 15 of December 2015 EU citizens will not feel any changes of costs in telecommunication connections when they go abroad. The costs of spoken or texted conversations and surfing on the Internet will be equal to this from your home area. It is a great news for these who use quite frequently the privilege of free movement of persons within the EU or run a business for large, not only national, scale.

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It all began in 2013 when the European Commission introduced a project of a new policy involving removal of every kind of telecommunication limitations in all Member States. This proposition is a first element of new telecommunication bundle for the whole Union. Its aim is to create homogenous market in this area.Easiness in communication and no limited transfer of dataseem to be crucial in contemporary times because ‘time is money’. However, to this moment we were losing huge amount of it because of international conversations that were imposed by national cellular network providers. From half of December the following year all is going to change and unify to make people’s lives more convenient.

The new regulations will also embrace using Internet. From this time Web access providers will not be able to block and slow down some of services. This all will build even more comprehensive internal market in the European Union as we see today. Complete fulfillment of the EU’s four freedoms will result in achieving a higher level and pull together toward closer relations between Member States.

According to the data presented by the European Commission almost 28% of citizens decides to turn off their mobile phones while staying abroad to avoid paying higher charges for international conversations. What is more, only 8% of EU citizens use the mobile phones no matter if they will pay more because of charges of national cellular network providers (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-152_en.htm).

Final decision must be decided by vote during European Parliament plenary session and be approved by the Council till the end of 2014. Not only EU Member States but also Norway, Switzerland and Iceland will introduce the changes that will be noticeable for everyone in united Europe.

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