Sell my mobile: Australians to benefit from cheaper mobile phone calls
Australians thinking of travelling to Europe from July onwards will be able to enjoy cheaper mobile phone calls.
Regulations to make using a mobile device in the EU significantly cheaper have been passed by the European Parliament.
The plan was initially proposed back in March and now European representatives have passed the motion by a huge majority.
From July, using mobile data in Europe will cost no more than 90 cents per megabyte, which is far less than current rates.
Consumers will also be able to choose a different operator when travelling abroad.
It is hoped this split-network approach - which comes into force in 2014 - will encourage greater competition among operators to drive prices down even further.
The new regulations are designed to try and prevent bill shock, something which affected 45 per cent of mobile phone users in Australia last year, according to the State of the Mobile Nation report.
"In a borderless Europe, there is no place for charges that diverge so much at home and abroad," said MEP Ivo Belet.
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