New European Union (EU) legislation on roaming charges for mobile phones within the region has come into force.
Individuals may be tempted to trade in an old mobile phone with the news that the costs of using handsets overseas will fall as a result.
The lower retail prices for such services came into effect from July 1st 2011 and will run until the end of June next year.
Current rules in this area run until summer 2012 and a new regulatory intervention is expected after a 2010 study from the European Commission suggested price cuts have not stimulated further competition for roaming services and “prices remained stubbornly close to the retail caps”.
The EU Roaming Regulation was first introduced in 2007 and has now put a limit of 35 cents per minute for making calls under the EU-regulated Eurotariff and 11 cents to receive them.
“We have to tackle roaming problems at the root with a long lasting structural approach,” European Commission vice-president for the digital agenda Neelie Kroes remarked.
Those travelling with their mobile phone abroad may be interested in a new Android app that has been launched by DK and features a range of city guides.