New mobile EU regulations are coming into play as of 15 June 2017. The new mobile legislation will affect how mobile users can use and are billed for their usage whilst abroad in Europe.
Roam Like at Home (RLAH)
To put simply, the new legislation means that there will no longer be surcharges or increased rates for users roaming on their mobile across the 28 countries of the EU. Instead you will be able to use your standard UK data allowances as you would when in country.
How will this affect me?
In the upcoming weeks, we will be reviewing our pricing tariffs, rates and bolt-ons to align with these changes and we will speak to our existing customers accordingly about how the changes will affect them.
“The Brexit Effect”
However, these long-awaited changes may only be short lived, with the UK’s decision to leave the EU and the triggering of Article 50 back in March. Worst case scenario the price of mobile roaming in the EU shoots back up again if Britain can’t agree a free trade deal with the EU. If this were to happen it would then be up to the individual network providers to make deals with European peers in each of the nations.
Confusion over mobile roaming charges abroad is already the biggest cause of bill shock and with the new legislation potentially only being temporary, mobile users will have to exercise greater care when travelling abroad.
Whatever lies in store for mobile roaming in the next few years, you can rest assured that DV02 will keep you informed of any changes that will affect you as and when they come to light.