May 16, 2007

European Union reaches deal to cap cell-phone roaming charges

European Union negotiators agreed Tuesday to cap mobile phone roaming charges in an effort to cut costs for travellers, reports the Canadian Press.

"Negotiators for the European Parliament and EU governments set the roaming cap at 0.49 euros (US66 cents) per minute for making a call when abroad and 0.24 euros (33 cents) per minute for receiving one, plus tax.

The deal still needs approval from the European Parliament and EU member countries. A vote in the EU assembly is expected next week. If passed, EU governments will likely vote on the proposal June 7-8."

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