Are there any roaming charges for using my mobile phone in the European Union?
Roaming Charges in the European Union (EU)
The issue of roaming charges has been a popular topic of discussion for many travelers. It was even more of a concern for those residing within the European Union (EU). The EU includes 27 countries, so travel between these countries is common. As such, the possibility of incurring additional charges on phone services while roaming was a significant concern.
Thankfully, the European Union took action against these charges to ensure that consumers wouldn't have to bear unnecessary extra costs. The result was the implementation of a new policy termed "Roam Like at Home," which began on June 15th, 2017. Under this policy, EU citizens using their mobile phones while traveling within EU countries do not incur additional roaming charges.
More on the Roam Like at Home policy
This policy applies to all retail roaming services within the EU. This means the service covers data services, voice calls, and SMS sent within the EU. Users traveling within the EU are charged the same prices as those in their home country. So, essentially, users can call, text, and browse the internet without worrying about the extra costs they might incur.
It's essential to note, however, that the Roam Like at Home policy doesn't apply to international calls. If a user in an EU country calls another EU country from their home country, the call doesn't fall under domestic services, and hence, standard international calling rates will apply. The Roam Like at Home policy only covers roaming services within the EU.
Are there any exceptions?
The general rule is that all roamers enjoy the Roam Like at Home policy. But, there are exceptions. This happens in cases where operators can prove that they can't cover their costs under the new policy. In such instances, these operators are allowed to apply small charges to recoup their costs. However, any such charges have to be approved by their national government in collaboration with the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications.
In conclusion, the Roam Like at Home policy is a significant step forward for combating the high costs of communication services experienced by many roamers within the EU. While some exceptions exist, the vast majority of EU citizens now enjoy their domestic rates while traveling within the EU.