European roaming charges reinstated after Brexit
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has proposed new rules that would ensure UK customers are told about any roaming charges when using their mobile phones abroad. Its consultation will close on 28th September 2023.
A new report from Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor service shows European smartphone shipments dropping by 12% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022. That's the lowest Q1 total since 2013.
Mobile phone customers from the UK have been warned about the increasing cost of making calls in Europe.
The UK's post-Brexit trade deal with the EU opened the door for mobile operators to reintroduce 'roaming' charges when customers travel abroad.
New figures from market research company Strategy Analytics show that Xiaomi shipped more smartphones into Europe in the second quarter of 2021 than any other manufacturer. It achieved a 25.3% European market share, up 67% from the same quarter in 2020.
Top companies criticised for "dodging their environmental responsibilities"
The UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee has published a report on Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy. It says the UK is "lagging behind other nations in embedding a circular economy of use, reuse and recycle for small electronics".