New price caps for mobile data roaming expected to save families over €200 each year and business travellers over €1000.
From 1 July 2012, the European Union’s mobile roaming regulation will be extended to include price caps for data downloads which will mean significant savings for those using maps, email and social networks when travelling. For a typical businessperson travelling in the EU this will mean savings of over €1000 per year. A family taking an annual holiday in another EU country can expect to save at least €200.
Overall, the improved EU roaming regulation, taking into account calls, SMS and data, will deliver consumers savings of 75% across a range of mobile roaming services, compared to 2007 prices.
This year Europeans will spend around €5 billion on roaming services, a saving of around €15 billion compared to what the same services would have cost under 2007 prices.