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Unknown-2The fight on roaming costs in the EU is still ever present. While Parliament wanted to ban roaming charges altogether in 2015, the presidency has suggested a two-year transition period from 2016, with an outright ban slated for December 2018.  As we head into holiday season, numerous European Press have their complaints.

But in the recent survey by USwitch there is an indication the British don’t know which countries are even included within regulated EU. A quarter of those surveyed were under the impression that the EU is still planning to scrap roaming charges this year. A lack of awareness around roaming parameters of the EU, with more than four in ten admitting they incorrectly believe Turkey is an EU country. More than one in ten of the sample thought that African holiday destinations Morocco and Egypt are within the EU.

Mirror

Brits who don’t know their Algeria from their EU are being hit with £573 million in mobile roaming charges when abroad. For dozy holidaymakers – confused by the massive range of nations who take part in the Eurovision Song Contest – are using smartphones in countries outside the Eurozone. And the error is costing them an average of £61 in extra smartphone charges with one in six being hit with £100 on top of their regular fee. A study by website uSwitch found Turkey causes the biggest bill shock as four in ten Brits think it is in the European Union while one in ten think North African nations like Morocco and Egypt are also part of the EU.

Unknown-4Daily Express

Despite the introduction of EU-wide mobile roaming caps designed to protect UK holidaymakers, one in SIX Britons are forced to pay £100 or more after returning from holiday. The extra charges to British mobile phone owners amounts to £573 million collectively, a survey has revealed.

The average Briton is slapped with an extra charge of £61 on-top of their normal bill – although this rises to £72 for 18 to 34-year-olds. It’s disappointing and frustrating that the EU has delayed taking action. Holidaymakers who go to an EU country and opt-out of the roaming cap can quickly amass a roaming bill of more than £74 in just two weeks.

The survey was commissioned by online and telephone comparison and switching service, uSwitch.com. A fifth of UK mobile users have been hit with roaming charges in the last year – in spite of caps on roaming charges imposed by the EU and implemented by UK networks, it revealed.

Deutsche Welle

EU data roaming – it’s like a game where you always lose. Now, if you’re amazed that national European smartphone plans don’t carry over into neighboring countries – and this in 2015! – well, so is everyone in Europe. Because it was all supposed to stop by the end of this year… until suddenly it wasn’t. DW’s Digital Europe correspondent Kate Hairsine doesn’t like it one bit.

 

Politico

In EU Parliament: Latest compromise proposal lacks ambition on roaming but pushes Council’s boundaries on net neutrality.

The next installment of the telecoms single market drama is playing out on Tuesday, with the Latvian presidency presenting the latest compromise proposal to Council, which has been criticized openly for holding up progress on the package.

With the clock ticking down to a July handover to the incoming Luxembourg presidency, the Latvians are left with little to show for six months of work on the TSM. The latest compromise attempts to mollify member states on roaming while placating the European Parliament on open internet access, (relatively) free from discrimination, otherwise known as net neutrality.

But not all MEPs are convinced.

“What some people hoped is that the Parliament would get completely caught up in fighting for an end to roaming and different allowances, and forget about the importance of net neutrality and spectrum,”

said Marietje Schaake, a Dutch MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which is leading the charge for a stronger stance on net neutrality.

Parliament isn’t happy, considering they proposed a one-year transition period with 100 minutes, 100 SMS messages and 200 megabytes.

But MEPs tell POLITICO they won’t be held to ransom on roaming at the expense of strong net neutrality measures.

“I’m not even interested in these

[allowances], which no matter how they turn out are going to be disappointing,”

said Schaake.

“I want to keep my eye on the ball and ensure we end roaming charges as soon as possible, but this doesn’t come at the expense of net neutrality, which is more important for the future of the open internet.”

Source: Mirror, Politico, Duetsche Welle, Daily Express, Switch

 

By | 2017-08-24T23:44:41+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Categories: RESEARCH NEWS|

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