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As of today, there will be no more additional fees across the EU when consumers use their mobile phones to make phone calls, send text messages or surf the internet. Today, the “Roam-like-at-home” programme is being introduced. Earlier this year, EU Member States and the European Parliament decided to abolish roaming fees.

Minister Zypries said: “As of today, there are no more roaming fees in the EU. This is excellent news for consumers. Now, everybody can use their mobile phones in the EU to make phone calls, send text messages and surf the internet and pay the same fees as they would at home. We have been advocating this for years.”

The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission removed the last existing barrier in order to abolish roaming fees for end users back in February. After trilogue negotiations, they agreed to introduce adjustments to roaming charges in the wholesale sector. For the next six years, telecommunication companies will have to respect a cap on fees that they can charge each other in the event that a customer travels to another EU country and uses a different network.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy published an article on its homepage informing about the end of roaming fees. To read the FAQ section, please click hier (in German).