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Telephone roaming charges came to an end in Europe last week

  • The ban means that anyone who travels to another EU country will be charged as if they were using their phone at home

The EU officially put an end to telephone roaming charges within its 28 countries on Thursday, a popular move which began a decade ago when many people started to complain about the shock of receiving extortionate bills after using their phones abroad.

The ban means that anyone who travels to another EU country will be charged as if they were using their phone at home, although it should be remembered that phoning a foreign number can still prove expensive even if you are in the same country at the time.

The ban on telephone roaming charges is not unlimited, however: anyone who spends more time abroad than at home, and uses their phone more there, may find that their operator will be entitled to apply a charge. It should also be remembered that the abolition of roaming charges only applies to phone calls and text messages, not to data usage beyond that included in the normal domestic tariff.