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The current “roam like home” scheme is due to expire at the end of June but will now run until 2032

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Stock image. Photo: Yui Mok

Stock image. Photo: Yui Mok

Stock image. Photo: Yui Mok

The European Union has extended its ban on mobile data roaming charges for another 10 years.

The current “roam like home” scheme is due to expire at the end of June but will now run until 2032, the European Council representing the EU’s member states confirmed on Monday.

This means that EU citizens don't have to pay any additional charges to use their mobile phone when travelling to another EU country as calls, texts, and data services are charged at the same price as in their home country.

This also applies to any calls or texts received while abroad, even if the person calling you is using a different service provider.

In a statement, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) added that telecom operators will also have to provide consumers with higher speed 3G, 4G, and 5G services when roaming as when they are in their home country where possible.

Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), said: “One of the EU’s greatest success stories for consumers continues with this extension and improvement to the EU’s roaming rules.

“The ban on roaming charges inside the EU will remain and consumers will now be entitled to the same quality of service as at home when they are roaming. These are aspects consumers really value when they travel and show some of the tangible benefits the EU Single Market can generate for people.”

Meanwhile, many consumers the United Kingdom, which left the EU two years ago, are seeing roaming charges return.

Three, EE and Vodafone are all reintroducing roaming fees for customers travelling to the EU, the BBC reported earlier this year.

From 23 May 2022, Three customers who signed up to the network or upgraded from October 2021 will have to pay £2 a day to use the minutes and data from their UK contracts in EU countries.

None of the networks plan to charge for roaming in the Republic of Ireland at present.

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