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article imageMPs vote for cuts to the costs of overseas calls

By Jane Fazackarley     Apr 22, 2009 in World
European MPs have forced mobile phone companies to reduce the costs of sending a text or using the Internet whilst abroad which must be good news for all travellers.
The MPs have introduced a cap for the costs of sending whats known as a roaming text to just 10p (14 cents). The average cost is around 29p.
These caps will be for countries based in the European Union.and the prices given don't include VAT. The new price caps will come into place in July.and will include the price of sending text messages and services like checking e mail whilst overseas.
At the moment it costs 46 euro cents for each minute you spend making a spoken call. From July this will fall to 43 cents.
The new legislation received 646 votes in its favour and only 22 against the new plans. The new legislation was given the backing of EU telecoms ministers.
These new prices aim to stop people getting a shock when they receive their phone bills after being away on holiday. One person is said to have got a bill for £41,000 ($60,000) after they had downloaded one episode of a TV serial.
Viviane Reding the EU Telecommunications Commissioner said:
"We want finally to get rid of the punishment on your telephone bill when you are crossing a border,"
"You should be welcome when you cross a border and communicate freely without feeling the surcharge on your bill, and that is why the decision of today for the European citizens is a very important one."
"Price regulation is the most intrusive form of market intervention and we regret that EU legislators have decided to extend the duration and scope of the Roaming Regulation, even as they recognise that price regulation of roaming services should be 'exceptional and temporary',"
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