Tuesday. 25.06.2024

A provisional agreement struck in Brussels on Thursday means that mobile phone users in the European Union won't have to worry about getting hit by roaming fees within the bloc for another 10 years.

"Travelling abroad without having to worry about phone bills is a tangible part of the EU single market experience for all Europeans," said European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton.

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU, which represents member states, reached a deal to extend the popular consumer policy until 2032.

The EU first brought an end to roaming charges when it struck a similar deal in June 2017.

The bloc has been gradually capping roaming charges since 2007, on the principle that that EU residents should not be charged more for using their phones anywhere within the single market.

EU extends ban on mobile phone roaming fees for another decade