From 1 July 2013, the European Union's Roaming Regulation will lower the price caps for data downloads by 36%. It will be much cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check email and update social networks while travelling across the EU. Data roaming will now be up to 91% cheaper in 2013 compared to 2007.
The prices caps, which enter into force on 1 July 2013, are:
- Downloading data or browsing the Internet - 45 cents / Megabyte (MB) (charged per Kilobyte used) + VAT. (36% reduction compared to 2012)
- Making calls - 24 cents / minute + VAT (17% reduction compared to 2012)
- Receiving a call - 7 cents / minute + VAT (12.5% reduction compared to 2012)
- Sending a text message - 8 cents + VAT (11% reduction compared to 2012).