International calls within the EU should become cheaper

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The EU Parliament votes today on new rules. Following roaming charges, the European Union now wants to put an end to high prices for calls to other EU countries.

According to this, calls from one’s own country to another EU state should only cost a maximum of 19 cents a minute per minute – whether from the mobile or the landline phone. The costs per SMS are capped at a maximum of six cents. Following parliamentary approval, the Council of the Member States must formally give the green light. Then the new price caps can come into force on 15 May 2019.

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Already in the summer of 2017, the so-called roaming charges for calls from other EU countries had been abolished. However, conversations from home networks abroad were not affected by these rules, which was criticized by consumer advocates.

 

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The new legislative package provides, in addition to the cost capping, incentives to build a faster Internet. In dangerous large-scale situations such as terror and natural disasters mobile phone users should also be able to be warned by message or app.

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