New European ‘roaming’ charges come into effect from tomorrow, 1st July 2009. These are the maximum capped rates agreed by the European Commission; individual networks can charge less if they wish.
Customers on standard mobile tariffs will pay no more than €0.11 excl. VAT (around 11p incl. VAT) for sending a text message while abroad in the EU. The maximum cost for making calls will be €0.43 (42p incl. VAT) per minute and receiving calls will be €0.19 per minute.
Ten mobile phone manufacturers - Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Texas Instruments – have told the European Commission they’re committed to producing a ‘universal’ mobile phone charger using the Micro-USB standard. They’ve submitted a Memorandum of Understanding to the EC, which will help to reduce electronic waste and will also make life easier for consumers. It covers all mobile phones that can exchange data via USB, although unusual mobile formats – such as wristwatch phones – are excluded.