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European Parliament votes to end roaming fees, enforce net neutrality

04/03, 11:17am

Connected Continent reforms accepted by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted in favor of reforms to change the way roaming by European carriers is handled, bringing the continent one step closer to eradicating roaming charges. Forming part of a larger "Connected Continent" collection of changes, the vote by law makers also approves new rules to define and protect net neutrality on European connections.

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AT&T teams with Rogers for LTE roaming in Canada

12/09, 11:56am

Carrier promotes global data packages

AT&T has announced that its customers can take advantage of LTE roaming while traveling in Canada. The service is one of the first to enable LTE connectivity for US travelers as they head across northern borders, through a roaming agreement with Canadian carrier Rogers Communications.

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Briefly: Three roaming charge removals, EE extends 4G LTE network

12/04, 5:20am

Three removes roaming charges for UK users in US, Indonesia, Macau, Sri Lanka

British carrier Three has expanded its Feel At Home scheme to four more countries. Subscribers visiting the United States, Indonesia, Macau, and Sri Lanka will be able to use their call, text, and data allowances in the same way they already do at home, without any extra roaming charges. The carrier also advised that it would be rolling out its 4G service to customers throughout the winter, and aims to have all subscribers with a 4G-capable device able to use its 4G network by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

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Draft roaming charges legislation from European Commission leaks

09/06, 10:13am

Proposals to end European roaming charges to be published next week

Proposals to make European roaming charges illegal have surfaced again, in the form of a leaked draft of legislation. The 93-page document promises to introduce "measures to gradually end mobile roaming surcharges" in the region, and to "guarantee common high levels of consumer protection across the union," in the European Commission's (EC) ongoing battle with mobile carriers on the continent.

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EU lowers mobile roaming charges across continent for calls, data

07/01, 1:24pm

Further European roaming charge cuts due next year

A drop in roaming charges mandated by the European Commission has taken place today, lowering prices for Europeans traveling within the continent. The new rules cut the maximum price EU-based carriers can charge their customers per megabyte of data transfer from 70 euro cents ($0.91) down to 45 cents ($0.59), with a further drop scheduled in July 2014 to push it down to 20 cents ($0.26).

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European Commission votes to end roaming charges in 2014

06/14, 10:43am

Proposals to help create single European mobile market

The European Commission (EC) has voted to scrap mobile charges caused through roaming in 2014. The vote, held by a group of 27 European Commissioners on Tuesday, fast-tracks the proposal to ban the extra charges on calls, texts, and data, with a view to having it implemented by carrier by the beginning of July next year.

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Voyager to offer international service without roaming fees

11/15, 2:03pm

Patent-pending technology uses cloud, no extra software

Voyager Mobile is preparing to offer a new international service, promising that users on the plan "won't pay a penny of roaming charges." Called Project Global Voyager, the service uses “patent-pending global wireless technology” that allows a mobile phone to be used internationally, without any per-minute roaming charges being applied to the account.

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EU cutting roaming charges over next 2 years from July

05/30, 1:15pm

Lower roaming charges also include data roaming charge protection

The European Commission has agreed on a new set of mobile roaming rules in an effort to lower phone bills. The new regulations, effective from July, will lower the maximum roaming charges to €0.29 ($0.36) per minute for outgoing calls, or €0.08 ($0.10) per minute to receive calls. The changes are part of a continued battle between the European Union and phone networks over high roaming rates for the continent, with further reductions lined up in the future.

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EU to detail even lower mobile roaming price caps

07/01, 10:35am

Surcharge on calls to be 'nearly zero' by 2016

The European Commission has released a statement that would virtually eliminate roaming charges for voice calls in the European Union by 2015. The plan will be presented next week. Under rules set to expire next year, roaming charges are capped at €0.35 ($0.51) for calls made abroad and €0.11 ($0.16) for calls received. Text messages also have the 11 cent surcharge added.

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