Local Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Tom Hayes, has welcomed new regulations that will further combat excessive roaming fees imposed on mobile service users while travelling elsewhere in the EU. The regulations will also enable ComReg to use all its investigative and enforcement powers to oblige mobile telephone service providers to implement retail price reductions required by the EU Roaming Regulations.
Commenting on the new regulations, Minister Hayes said: “as we head into the summer holiday season, the last thing every person wants to see when they come home from their holiday is large bill from their mobile phone provider. These regulations will mean that from 1 July 2013, the price caps for data downloads will reduced by 36%, making it much cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check emails and update social networks while travelling across the EU.”
“The increasing use of internet-enabled smartphones and tablets means that data roaming is where the most extreme cases of bill shock are likely to occur. However these regulations will mean that data roaming will now be up to 91% cheaper in 2013 compared to 2007. During this period the volume of the data roaming market has grown by 630%. The EU Regulation has introduced per megabyte price limits of €0.70 per megabyte from July 2012, which reduces to €0.45 on July 1st next and reduces further to €0.20 in July 2014.”
“While the maximum permitted retail price for an outgoing call will reduce to 19 cent and the price of an outgoing text reduce to 6 cent by 2014, the best protection against nasty surprises still remains being well informed, and before travelling users should ensure to turn off any apps or services that could generate unexpected expenses before travelling on their overseas holidays this summer.”