Romania’s telecommunications authority Ancom announced that the tariffs for calls and SMS from Romania to numbers in any country of the European Economic Area (European Union member states, as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) will be capped at EUR 0.19 per minute (VAT not included) and EUR 0.06 per SMS. The caps were set by an EU regulation that enters into force on 15 May.
The ceilings only apply to calls and SMS to EEA numbers which are priced according to actual consumption, not those included in subscriptions / (extra) options. However, after the minutes or SMSs included in subscriptions / (extra) options are exhausted, the applicable tariffs must comply with the regulated ceilings.
Consumer tariffs for calls and SMS to special tariff numbers in the EEA could exceed the amount of the capped thresholds, since in this case the tariffs also contain costs other than those related to communications (for example, the cost of the content service offered at that number).
Suppliers may also offer alternative offers that contain calls or SMSs both in the EEA and outside the EEA at rates higher than the EEA-wide caps. These alternative offers must, however, be expressly chosen by consumers. In addition, consumers have the right to return free of charge to the regulated caps for calls and SMSs to EEA numbers if they have chosen an alternative offer for international communications services.
Where to apply
The capped tariffs apply to calls and SMSs from Romania to other EU Member States, as well as to Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, also valid for calls and SMSs from Romania to certain European territories “Departing” to French Guyana, the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint-Martin (only the part of the island belonging to France), the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, as well as the Åland Islands. The European regulation also applies, for the time being, for calls and SMSs from Romania to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar respectively.
International calls and SMS within the EEA
International calls and SMS within the EEA are different from “Roam like at home” (RLAH). In the first case, the user makes calls or transmits SMS when he / she is in the country where he purchased the prepaid subscription / card to destinations (numbers) in any other EEA country. In Roam like at home, the user benefits from electronic communications services when traveling to another EEA country than the one from which he purchased the prepaid subscription / card. BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) produced a video explaining the difference between international calls and SMS within the EEA and “Roam like at home”.
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