No more roaming
Roaming is an extra tariff which is applied when you use your mobile phone to make phone calls from another country. The EU has decided to eliminate it in July 2014, which means that phone operators will lose about 2% of their profits with this decision, but they would see their in commons increased by the increasing number of phone calls.
Phone calls itinerancy, usually known as roaming, is a headache for those that travel to other countries frequently, specially if you have to travel because of business matters or, simply, if you’re a tourist. Roaming is produced because your company offers the service in one country.
When you travel trough Europe, that company has contracts with other companies of the other country so they can offer you some services and you can continue using your mobile phone. But, you have to pay extra money. There are other alternatives, like using Skype or equivalents through a wifi connection, but nothing can be compared with the immediate service of your smartphone. Luckily, roaming will be a thing of the past, at least in Europe.
The European Commission has agreed to the end of roaming before the actual European Parliament legislation finishes, in May 2014. Details will be revealed next month, but from the Commission they say that phone calls from the continent will keep the actual local price. They estimate that companies may lose about 2% of their income, but in medium term they could have that money back as clients would use more the mobile phone outside their home country.
The EU strategy is to produce company fusions from different countries to reduce their number, so there could be new phone technologies in Europe.
The end of roaming is great news for Spain, that receives millions of european tourists every year. The reduction of international phone call prices will make communications easier and will allow the saved money to be used in their own country.
By Gabriel JimŽnez Perera (18)
Student at CET Services