1/18/2008 5:32:00 PM
EU telecoms chief calls for lower overseas data charges
EU telecoms chief Viviane Reding has said Europeans are paying too much to send text messages or use mobile internet services outside their home country.The commission is aiming for competition on roaming charges to be made healthy by the time the current roaming rules expire in June 2010.
Reding is concerned about the widely varying prices that consumers can be charged for texting abroad and data roaming.
Charges for calls by tourists have been slashed by up to 60% since the European Commission capped fees last September, but there is currently no limit on text and internet browsing costs. Reding said:
’We will watch developments very closely and respond appropriately by the end of 2008.'