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As of today, excess mobile roaming charges have been banned across the EU.

Phone users will now pay exactly the same price to make a call or send a text from anywhere in the European Union, and the same allowances you enjoy at home can now be used abroad without penalty.

According to the European Commission website, “your communications (phone calls, SMS, data) made from another EU country will be covered in your national bundle… Contrary to the past, you will not have to pay anything extra. No bill shock anymore.”

However, consumer bodies have warned that this information may not be entirely accurate after it emerged that the new laws don't cover data allowances for many Irish customers.

Prices vary from network to network, but it seems that Irish mobile phone users will only be entitled to a small percentage of their usual data allowance when travelling between EU member states.

Once the user has surpassed this allowance, a charge of €9.50 per gigabyte of data will then apply.

According to The Irish Independent, recent figures from Ireland's telecom regulator show that Irish customers are now using their phones more for internet access than calls or texts.

Many have criticised commission officials and Irish politicians for their failure to highlight this loophole, leading to fears that many Irish holiday makers will be hit with huge bills upon their return after they were led to believe they could 'roam like home'.

Most Irish mobile phone operators say will limit their customers data packages as much as possible, as roaming charges are a huge source of profitable income for the companies.

However, Vodafone users need not worry as the operator has promised to offer its customers the full amount of domestic while travelling the EU.  



One of the most inconvenient things about heading on holiday has to be the roaming charges, so we're happy to say that they will soon be a thing of the past. 

The European Union is set to abolish mobile phone roaming charges from June 15 following a vote in the European Parliament.

"The EU has worked steadily over the past number of years to tackle roaming charges on behalf of consumers," reads a statement from the European Consumer Centre of Ireland.

"Since the 2007 introduction of the Eurotariff, charges have been consistently reduced as caps were placed on the maximum permissible amount operators could impose on consumers."

From June, there will be no additional charges for phone calls, texts ot data usage when travelling to any other EU country. 

"Europeans will no longer be in a state of shock when they get their telephone bills," said Finnish MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri,

That's some seriously good news for summer holiday makers. 



If you're heading away on holidays any time soon, then you're going to see a dramatic drop in roaming charges.

From today on, there will be a big reduction for people downloading data, like emails and pictures, with cuts of up to 75%.

Charges for calling home will also be cut by a significant amount and the charge for texting will be reduced by around 66%.

European users travelling will pay no more than an extra €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for each text and €0.05 for every megabyte of data.

These figures will be the highest network operators will be allowed to pay their customers.

This is the latest move that will see the the total scrapping of all roaming charges in the EU from June 15, 2017.