Cheaper calls abroad for Europe's mobile users

Other News Materials 5 October 2007 07:01 (UTC +04:00)

( EuroNews ) - EU consumers are paying up to 60 per cent less for using their mobile phones abroad since Europe's mobile phone operators started using the so-called Eurotariff.

Already around 200 million EU citizens have switched to the new tariff and many operators have moved faster than legally required to adopt the rate.

EU telecoms Commisioner Viviane Reding said: "You are abroad for instance and you call home. Here the cost has dropped from 1.10 euros on average in 2006, to 0.49 euros as a ceiling today. The effective average is 47.41 cents."

As from September 30 customers will receive price information every time they cross an internal EU border. In addition the EU will launch studies into prices for SMS and data roaming.