Mobile Phones Updated:
New rules governing the cost of mobile phone services while roaming in the European Union have been welcomed by the UK communications regulator. Last week, the European Parliament voted to lower the cost of text messages sent abroad from a maximum of €.028 (25p) to €0.11 - with the change taking effect on July 1st. In addition, the price for both making and receiving calls is to progressively drop over the next two years. Commenting on the move, a spokesperson for Ofcom remarked: "We welcome the recent European decision to bring roaming charges down, which is great news for consumers as we head towards the summer holidays." And with the regulator having launched an online video designed to give advice on using mobile phones abroad, she said that consumers should be able to "get the most out of" services, without running up a large bill. Meanwhile, Ofcom has encouraged providers to stop charging higher prices for 0870 numbers.
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