Roaming when travelling in the EU

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Wholesale charges for data - which were the most controversial given the exponential use of mobile internet - will be capped at 7.7 euros per gigabyte from June 2017, going down to 2.5 euros per gigabyte in 2022.

The European Union clinched a preliminary deal to cap wholesale charges telecom operators pay each other when their customers use their mobile phones abroad, paving the way for the abolition of roaming fees in June, said Reuters. 

The caps on wholesale roaming charges were the last piece of the puzzle needed for the abolition of retail roaming charges as of June 15, 2017, crowning a decade of efforts by Brussels to allow citizens to use their phones abroad without paying extra.

Wholesale charges for data - which were the most controversial given the exponential use of mobile internet - will be capped at 7.7 euros per gigabyte from June 2017, going down to 2.5 euros per gigabyte in 2022.

Caps for making calls will decrease from 5 euro cents per minute to 3.2 euro cents per minute, while those for sending text messages will halve to 1 euro cent from 2 euro cents as of June, said a spokesman for Malta, which holds the rotating EU presidency and steered the talks on behalf of national governments.

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Thanks to EU roaming rules, the cost of making and receiving calls abroad within the EU is now substantially cheaper than in 2007, when the EU first started to tackle excessive roaming charges.

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