Using your mobile to call home from your holiday in the Alps? Do it with a trifle more abandon from this weekend on: new EU Roaming Regulation comes into force on 30 June.
The regulation will run for three years and will cover all 27 EU member states. Under the legislation, operators will have to offer a 'eurotariff' with a maximum charge of €0.49 per minute for making calls within the EU and €0.24 per minute for receiving them. That's up to 70% off current rip-off roaming charges. Even better, the rates will be lowered further in 2008 and 2009. However, operators have one month's grace to comply with the new law - until 30 July - so if in doubt, check with yours before blah-blahing too long.
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