London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed a deal secured by Members of the European Parliament, due to be voted through tomorrow, which continues the process started in 2007 of pushing down mobile phone costs for consumers travelling abroad, but also for the first time cuts data costs too.
The new EU price cap for calls will mean that from July 1st the price when abroad will be capped at 24p per minute. This cap will be gradually reduced so that by 2014 a call will cost a maximum of 16p a minute.
But for the first time, there will also be a cap on data prices, thus making mobile email and internet use cheaper. This capped price will be 59 pence a MB from this July, falling to 18 pence/MB by 2014.