6 July 2011

Wherever You May Roam

Image by Kai Hendry on Flickr

Who does not own a mobile device nowadays?

Be it a smartphone or a tablet, it is a great convenience to be steadily and ubiquitously online owing to a  mobile network access.
When used abroad, however, the great convenience may easily turn into a great disaster: even the best trip or holiday would be destroyed by a

Shocking Bill

waiting for you in the postbox.

But what would you say if you had to pay

– no more than 24 cents per minute to make a call;
– a maximum of 10 cents per minute to receive a call;
– a maximum of 10 cents to send a text message (SMS) and,
– a maximum of 50 cents per Megabyte (MB) to download data or browse the Internet whilst traveling abroad (charged per Kilobyte used) and

on the top of that your monthly bill when traveling abroad would be limited to
€ 50 (unless you have expressly opted for otherwise) to protect you from a “bill shock”?

That would be

Great News

would it not?

Well, that is today’s news from Brussels: the European Commission has proposed a regulation, which in the view of Commissioner Neelie Kroes would

also immediately bring down prices for data roaming, where operators currently enjoy outrageous profit margins.

Once adopted by the European Council and European Parliament, the regulation is expected to enter into force as of 1 July 2012.

The proposed regulation aims at meeting the objectives set in the Digital Agenda for Europe pursuant to which differences between roaming and national telecoms tariffs should

Approach Zero By 2015

Besides, the European Commission expects that the regulatory instrument creates a market for telecommunications operators specialised in providing roaming services against competitive prices.

I somehow feel reminded of Metallica’s

But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere
Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

What is on your mind?

Comments (1)

  1. 13 October 2011
    Liane Markus said...

    This is the reason why I am sacred of using and relying on roaming. Because of big charges, I would rather not use it. However, with the information that you have stated here, I think I will no longer hesitate to try it on my own. perhaps, it can even provide me with some benefits wherein I do not need to spend lots of money.
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