Free Roaming in Europe Could Be Limited to 90 Days by EC
Brexit could mean Britain’s mobile operators may still apply roaming charges.
By Roland Moore-Colyer
Mobile operators could be forced by the European Commission to offer their customers 90 days of free roaming each year, if its draft plans on mobile roaming are put into action.
Following lengthy negotiations with mobile telecom firms, in 2015 the Commission decided that roaming fees across EU member nations would be abolished from June 2017.
To outline how the removal of roaming charges will be implemented, the Commission made its draft regulation public, which details a fair use policy whereby people wanting to use their mobile service outside of its native country will have at least 90 days to use their phone at their domestic contract rate.
However, they will only able to take advantage of this for 30 consecutive days before roaming charges are reapplied, as the draft regulation noted that those who make use of their mobile service abroad over that time limit "cannot be considered to be engaged in anomalous, permanent roaming".