EU enforcing price caps on calls and texts tomorrow

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New maximum pricing will be introduced tomorrow for EU citizens making calls and text messages to EU and international numbers.

The new legislation states that consumers will pay the capped prices of 19 cents per minute for a phone-call and 6 cents for a text message, plus VAT.

The creation of a uniform price regulation is aimed at fixing fluctuations in prices found across the European Union. It is understood that there have been previous occasions where average prices for calls between EU numbers has been around 3 times the price for a fixed or mobile intra-EU call than that of a normal domestic call. It is also reported that has been around 10 times for an intra-EU call greater than a standard domestic call. As for texts, messages have been reported to have been double the price of that within a member state.

The changes are understood to affect personal users and taking affect across the 28 EU member states on Wednesday with a gradual roll out with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The changes will exclude business customers.

Reflecting on the new pricing system, the Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip said, ‘The price caps for calls within the EU is a concrete example on how the Digital Single Market makes a difference to people, in their daily lives. In fact, building a Digital Single Market has created 35 new digital rights and freedoms. Overall the new telecoms rules will help the EU to meet growing connectivity needs of Europeans and boost the EU’s competitiveness.’