Calls within EU become cheaper as of 15 May

A new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU as of 15 May, the EU press service reported. With the change consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS (+VAT). Following the end of roaming charges in June 2017, these new price caps are part of the EU-wide overhaul of telecoms rules.

“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 this 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,” VP Andrus Ansip said.

The new rules for international calls tackle large price discrepancies that previously existed between Member States. On average, the standard price of a fixed or mobile intra-EU call was three times higher than the standard price of a domestic call, and the standard price of an intra-EU SMS message more than twice as expensive as a domestic one. In some cases the standard price of an intra-EU call can be up to ten times higher than the standard price for domestic calls.

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