this is good news and thanks to EU we have seen cost of using our phone in europe fall year on year since 2009.
There plan has been to lower the cost for consumers. the EU have have slowly implemented caps every year since 2009 to to meet thier traget levels.
roaming costs will further reduce next yeay in July 2014, and it is expected that competition between mobile providers will lead to even lower costs.
So for all those that say 'what has europe done for us'. well, now you know
I have heard that from 1st July 2014, so in 1 year time, roaming in europe wont exist anymore. Is that right. Would i be able to use my giffgaff allowance everywhere in europe?
Also what about roaming in the USA?
Just for info on the 1st July 2013 the roaming price caps will be lowered which can only be a good thing.
Last time this happened I helped resolve a query asking if giffgaff were breaking the rules regarding price caps. After looking into it I found that the mechanism for calculating the exchange rate changed with the most recent EU regulation covering roaming charges. It is now the average of the exchange rates published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 1st March, 1st April and 1st May of the relative year with the new caps coming into force on the 1st July of that year.
As such to prevent any confusion arising again, or at least to provide a place to point people to, I have calculated the exchange rate and price caps that will come into effect on the 1st July.
The exchange rate is as follows:
1st March 1st April 1st May Average 0.86300 0.84515 0.84430 0.85081
(please note the average should always be rounded down to the same number of decimal places as the rates published in the OJoEU)
The real terms price caps are as follows:
Service Price Cap (EUR w/o VAT) Price Cap (EUR w/ VAT) Price Cap (GBP w/ VAT) Making Calls (Per Min) 0.24 0.288 0.24 Receiving Calls (Per Min) 0.07 0.084 0.07 Sending SMS 0.08 0.096 0.08 Data (per MB) 0.45 0.54 0.45
(Please note it is just coincidence that the price cap in GBP with VAT is the same as the Price cap in EUR without VAT)
Thank you. This seems to answer the questions posed in contribute more recently.