Running a French Holiday Gite in Rural Brittany

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

European mobile phone cap means it's cheaper to phone home

BT Busby logo
It's been widely reported in the press today including a BBC news report on the cost of using a mobile in Europe has been capped from today, 1st July 2009.

It now costs a maximum of 9.4p to send a text if you're roaming abroad from the EU and costs nothing to receive a text - some providers used to charge 20p for that privilege in the past.

Making a call is capped at 37p a minute and receiving a call at 16p a minute.

All these prices are then plus VAT and as the capped price is in Euros and Cents it may fluctuate a bit with the exchange rate, but the overwhelming news is it's a lot cheaper than it used to be.

Of course some providers may charge less than these capped prices such as the recent article I wrote on Vodaphone abolishing roaming charges this summer.

All in all it's cheaper to 'phone home' ... remember the BT buzby bird (logo above) ?



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