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Finland with 13 GB is high above average EU data spend; Ukraine is lowest.

 The biggest data spenders are in Finland with 13.3 GB per month, and Ukraine is total opposite with 600 MB Based on the analysis of Global Data, Czechs use less than 1 GB of mobile data a month, which is 2.5 times less than the EU average (2.4 GB per SIM).  Similarly, consumption belts are tightened even in Germany or the…

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Telecom companies send their own customers to WhatsApp and Skype with expensive international calls

After years of tough negotiations and waiting a compromise solution was found for roaming charges and not all were satisfied with it. After all, EU citizens continue to pay extra for calls from home to other EU countries. For the ÖVP telecoms spokesman, Paul Rübig, the first numbers show that “eliminating these roaming charges would benefit a substantial proportion of…

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EU agrees to end geoblocking to boost single digital market

The European Union will make an end to unjustified geoblocking for consumers who want to buy products or services online within the EU. The agreement, which emerged from a promise made at the EU Digital Summit in Tallinn in September this year to reduce geo-blocking practices, will offer EU consumers more options with regard to purchases made in the 28…

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Non EU roaming: one email check – 17,34 €

Mobile phone roaming charges within the EU were officially quashed on June 15th for all EU and EEA member states, leaving Swiss customers, among others disadvantaged. One of the possible reasons is that roaming charges were a lucrative business for Swiss companies, so they had “little interest” in joining the EU deal and Swiss citizens are stuck in paying roaming charges….

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With roaming charges gone, how is the mobile world changing for European carriers and consumers?

Why “roam like at home” is just one step forward for mobile users and telecoms A decision years in the making came to fruition in June, when two-year-old legislation to end mobile roaming charges throughout the European Union went into effect at last. Following years of debate, the European Parliament voted in 2015 to revamp telecom laws across the EU,…

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Roaming traps: 1,122.45 € for 5 SMS, 1 received MMS and 68 megabytes. Andorra.

3 € per minute of call, 9,60 € the MMS and 16 € the megabyte of data, Andorra is a paradise for Free mobile. Subscribers who use their phone in this small Pyrenean country that is not part of the European Union are left with exorbitant bills A few days after returning home, this resident of the Lyon region received…

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Interactive roaming map to help you avoid costs in Europe

With the roaming charges abolished in the EU on the 17th of June, EU-citizens (and citizens of countries that are part of the European Economic Area) can use their phones without any additional charges within the borders of the European Union. However, that’s not the case outside the EU. Keeping track of what roaming charges apply in which country can…

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Where roaming costs still exist?

Charges for roaming, ie the use of foreign telephone networks, were abolished in June within the EU.  In practice there are still lots of traps you should know before you use the mobile phone on your holiday abroad. Cheap calls and surfing everywhere? What many overlook: the new regulations concern the use of data services and the Internet abroad; Discussions…

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After roaming: lower prices for international phone calls?

MEPs want cheaper international calls within the EU and give governments the ability to issue general warnings using phones as part of a telecom reform. Prices for phone calls have been falling steadily over the past two decades, but when it comes to phone calls to other EU countries they continue to be high. However, the situation might change as…

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