European roaming charges slashed

There’s been a big hoo-haa in the last couple of days about the EU efforts to cut roaming charges for European consumers while travelling through Europe using their mobile phones. Some details are available here.

As a Vodafone customer, I’ve been taking advantage of their Vodafone Passport offering for mobile roaming. Only problem is, even with that offer, you still get screwed when sending text message.

And back to the small print I wrote about earlier. The EU efforts are only applying to voice calls, and not to text and data. And since most people will probably only text when abroad anyway, mobile companies aren’t likely to lose out much anyway. And unfortunately, the poor consumer won’t really benefit all that much either.

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