European Union roaming charges are officially dead, though some loopholes remain

Under the new law over a million Irish phone users will only be entitled to a small percentage of their usual data allowance when travelling in the EU

Starting today, consumers using a SIM card from one European Union member state in another won't be subject to any additional charges and will pay standard domestic prices for SMS messages, mobile Internet data, and calls. "If they are not satisfied with the explanation and you continue to use roaming services more than your home country services, the operator may charge you an additional roaming fee for all roaming traffic", warns HAKOM.

This is good news, at least until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, but consumer watchdog Which? has warned that, despite the EC's promises, consumers could still arrive home to ruddy huge phone bills.

As of today, mobile networks across the European Union will no longer be charging for data roaming across member states.

"Eliminating roaming charges is one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the European Union". In some countries, operators do not intend to control fair use in calls and text messages, but will in data traffic.

With regards to bill-pay customers, or customers in general who have a set amount of minutes, texts, or data, in their plan, these will also be able to be used in Europe.

Members of the European Economic Area Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein would join the group "shortly after June 15".

Holidaymakers are encouraged to check if their mobile provider includes Turkey in the ban or not, as this varies across the board. It has offered free roaming in Europe for years in an effort to lure people away from rival operators.

The operator said it "wants to ensure that all customers can continue to use their phones overseas with complete peace of mind and this is why Capped contracts are offered as standard".

But if operators detect, over a four month period, that you spend more time overseas than at home, they can impose a surcharge of up to a maximum of €7.7 per GB of data. "If operators move to open, programmable, all-IP networks, that are built on highly scalable and cost-effective virtual network functions, they can rapidly launch such services, increase market share and offset the loss of their roaming revenue". Sneaky networks may capitalize on the ignorance of some users by increasing roaming charges in those countries to make up for having to reduce them in others.

There are limits, with a fair use policy to avoid abuse from so-called permanent roamers; and fees still possible (albeit capped) for very cheap plans.

It's now unclear what will happen after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in 2019.

European Union roaming charges have been scrapped from today, enabling customers to use their mobile at no extra cost in all 28 destinations.

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