Give Europeans the right to roam


By Richard Laming

Published in EUobserver, 3 April 2006

The European Commission has announced an intention to cut the cost of using your mobile phone in another European country, reported by last week. At present, you pay a substantial premium if you send or receive a call or a text message across a border.

The principle is that whoever makes the call shouldn’t pay extra, which means that all the extra cost gets loaded onto the recipient.

It is not obvious why it should cost a lot more to make calls across borders. It doesn’t cost more to send an e-mail internationally. A phone call is a package of information sent through a network, that’s all.

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