Dublin, 30 June 2015
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Alex White T.D., has today welcomed an EU agreement to abolish mobile roaming charges within the EU from 15th June 2017.
The Minister said the introduction of a "roam like at home" service will allow users to continue their domestic mobile phone usage patterns when travelling without the risk of incurring excessive charges.
A 2014 survey found that on average 25% of EU users and 35% of Irish residents switch off their data roaming services when travelling within the EU.
The Minister added, "While users should continue to monitor their usage whether at home or abroad, the abolition of roaming charges will remove a significant fear of incurring high costs for users when travelling."
Notes to Editors
In advance of the introduction of "roam like at home", an interim step will take effect in April 2016, which will oblige mobile phone service providers to move from a regulated unit price to a domestic charge plus a margin for roaming services. The revised maximum charges, which can deliver significant reductions depending on the bundles purchased by users, are set out in the following table, exclusive of VAT at 23%.
|Current regulated EU roaming charge||19 cent||6 cent||20 cent|
|From 1/4/2016 domestic charge +||5 cent||2 cent||5 cent|
|+ VAT||+ VAT||+ VAT|
2014 e-Communications Household Survey and Telecom Single Market Survey Roaming Results: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/e-communications-household-survey-and-telecom-single-market-survey-roaming-results-special