EU sets cap for phone call charges between bloc’s members

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EU sets cap for phone call charges between bloc’s members


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The charge of making a phone call or sending an SMS from one EU country to another has been capped under new limits introduced by Brussels on 14 May.

The maximum charge will be set at 19 cents per minute and 6 cents per SMS, not including VAT. The measures were agreed as part of an overhaul of the EU’s telecom rules last year. Currently, the average standard price of an international fixed or mobile intra-EU call is three times higher than that of a domestic phone call. Intra-EU text messages are more than twice as expensive, according to the European Commission.

This measure follows the abolition of roaming charges in June 2017 and is expected to be extended to Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

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