EU strikes initial deal to scrap roaming charges from 2017

The EU has reached a preliminary deal to abolish mobile roaming charges across the 28-country bloc by June 2017. The deal requires all telecom operators to treat all internet traffic equally.

It has received with lukewarm enthusiasm from consumer groups, however, as they explain service providers can limit the amount of ‘surcharge-free roaming’ due to a ‘fair use’ clause designed to stop users permanently roaming with cheap foreign contracts.