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    Viviane Reding has scored another coup in her fight for the European consumer.

    BBC NEWS | Business | Cost of texting abroad comes down

    Roaming charges are now capped at

    SMS = 11c
    Make a call from anywhere to anywhere = 43c
    Receive a call from anywhere = 19c
    Data = 1 euro / MB (Meteor previously charged 10 euro/MB)

    And now you must be charged by the second, instead of rounded up to the nearest minute.

    The mobile networks - some of the worlds biggest and most powerful companies - faught like cats to prevent this, but Reding bullied it through.

    Is Viviane Reding the best ever EU commissioner?

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    In fairness, the end of the roaming charges scam was initially pushed by a group of MEPs which included Simon Coveney.

    Reding took the ball and ran with it though.

    An example of how Europe can work for us and our pockets

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    I was abroad on business last summer and (similarly) needed to do a small bit of work while there. My bill was €300 more than it would usually be for the month

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    And she was able to achieve it without the Lisbon treaty too. Fair play to her.

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    EU Commission have announced that they are to fast track the abolition of roaming charges from next year and to provide a single communications market for the entire EU i.e. no more Vodafone Ireland, UK etc with separate tariffs etc but just an EU wide offering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    EU Commission have announced that they are to fast track the abolition of roaming charges from next year and to provide a single communications market for the entire EU i.e. no more Vodafone Ireland, UK etc with separate tariffs etc but just an EU wide offering
    Just another sick bid at centralisation and crushing commerce. Watch normal rates skyrocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    Viviane Reding has scored another coup in her fight for the European consumer.

    BBC NEWS | Business | Cost of texting abroad comes down

    Roaming charges are now capped at

    SMS = 11c
    Make a call from anywhere to anywhere = 43c
    Receive a call from anywhere = 19c
    Data = 1 euro / MB (Meteor previously charged 10 euro/MB)

    And now you must be charged by the second, instead of rounded up to the nearest minute.

    The mobile networks - some of the worlds biggest and most powerful companies - faught like cats to prevent this, but Reding bullied it through.

    Is Viviane Reding the best ever EU commissioner?
    A benevolent dictator if ever I saw one. Who needs parliaments elected by universal sufferage, independent courts, written constitutions and all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    Viviane Reding - best ever commissioner?
    If this is the same Viviane Reding who wants discriminatory gender quotas on corporate boards - then the answer would be a resounding NO.
    "If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." - Thomas Jefferson

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    More good work the European institutions are doing for its citizens as Commission has announced plans to fully abolish all roaming charges within the EU, as well as move towards a single mobile phone market...........

    The European Commission is proposing to scrap mobile phone roaming charges across Europe as part of a raft of measures to reform the telecoms market.

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    Under the plans, companies would be banned from charging for incoming calls from July 2014. All other roaming charges would be scrapped by 2016.

    Mobile providers will then either have to charge customers the same prices for phone calls across the EU, or allow them to switch providers for the period they are abroad, without changing their Sim card.

    ... under the new proposals, companies will need one authorisation to operate in all countries, rather than 28 separate ones.
    BBC News - Europe plans to end mobile phone roaming charges

    About time and a vindication of further consolidation of the European Union. The Commission and Parliament however should go a lot further including creating a single telephone network, with the ability to ring anyone in Europe, land line or mobile, and be charged the same rate as if you were dialing a local number.

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