By July this year mobile firms will be forced to lower the prices of making a call or downloading information overseas. According to the European Commission vice-president for the Digital Agenda the new roaming contract gives us a long-term structural solution with lower prices, further choice and a new smart approach for data and internet browsing.
For citizens travelling outside the EU, there are plans for better information about roaming charges to avoid bill shock. They will also have the option to directly select a local mobile system in the country they are visiting. By July 2014 clients will also be given the option to shop around for the most excellent contract and mark up for a separate mobile contract using their existing number when going abroad.