However, network operators will be permitted to impose fair usage policies on data in certain circumstances, most notably, on customers who have unlimited data plans.
This is because studies have shown Finns are among the highest mobile data users in the world and pay the lowest average price per gigabyte (GB) at €0.67, while unlimited mobile data contracts have always been the norm.
It has taken years of negotiation and planning but the day is finally here where European Union residents can use their mobile devices overseas without paying through the nose for their data, calls, and text messages. Visitors coming from the rest of the European Union will make phone calls from Croatia just like as if they were going to spend the summer at a nearby lake near their town or village. The networks must still pay the costs that arise from their customers connecting to foreign networks, but those fees are no longer passed on as roaming charges.
So, if you have a monthly allowance of unlimited calls and texts, you can phone home for free. Mobile phone operator revenues from mobile data roaming will hit $42 billion by 2018, or 47% of global mobile roaming revenues.
The threshold is based on the tariff each customer has as part of their phone plan. However, it warns, you can not then buy an "add-on" which allows the use of roaming services. They, however, still have been given power to introduce minor charges on roaming calls and data usage. After Brexit is concluded, in theory, there would be nothing forcing United Kingdom operators to abide by European Union laws on roaming.
As of June 15th, it's finally time to wave goodbye to those pesky and pricey roaming charges in Europe. Text and data charges also vary between providers.
The MCA itself can be contacted on 2133 6840 or [email protected]. Calls, data and texts are all free.
However, there could be an opportunity, the European Commission claims, driven by increased use of data while overseas. The landmark achievement comes after years of legal and lobbying battles, with the majority of mobile service providers on the Old Continent being against scrapping roaming fees, likely in an effort to preserve their bottom lines.
"That would kill local operators, which is certainly not something we want!"
This is good news, at least until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, but consumer watchdog Which? has warned that, despite the EC's promises, consumers could still arrive home to ruddy huge phone bills.
However some believe the caps are too high, particularly Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).
2014: European Parliament approves the abolition of roaming charges.