According to the document, the Commission introduced a “fair usage” criteria, which set a limit to 90 days for the surcharge free roaming phone use. It means that costumers will only be able to use their mobile abroad roaming free for a maximum of 3 months, but only for 30 consecutive days at a time.
Moreover, the guidelines specified that users who will return to their home network daily will not be subjected to the count set by the new criteria. Which means that daily users who work across borders will not be charged for their abroad usage.
The surcharge that telecom providers will apply after the limit was capped at 4 cents per minute for calls, 1 cent per SMS and 0.85 cents per MB.
The guidelines contained in the draft appear to be a tightening of the regulation on roaming charges in an attempt to find a compromise between the customers and telecom operators.
The proposed draft will be discussed by member countries and the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication, before being adopted by 15 December.