- If you frequently travel abroad within the EU, we have good news for you
- The European Union is extending the validity of unified roaming until 2032
- In addition, we have also received several new guidelines
In 2017, uniform roaming was introduced within the EU, which meant a huge relief for all travelers. This means that if you are located anywhere within the European Union, the prices for calls, SMS messages and data are the same as at home. That is, according to your tariff. A year ago, it was decided that this roaming would be extended until 2023, and today this extension comes into effect.
EU and another 10 years of uniform roaming
If the European Union has really succeeded in something, it is the introduction of a single roaming. This took the market off the heels of a lot of travelers and made traveling a lot easier. In short, we no longer have to think about setting up extra roaming and similar things – even abroad, within EU member countries, we simply use the phone as at home.
The fact that uniform roaming will be extended until 2032 was already decided last year, but this extension only comes into effect today, on the first holiday day. In the press release that she stated the European Commission directly, and in addition to the extension itself for another 10 years, we also received several novelties.
The same internet as at home
One of the most significant innovations is the recognition of the right of customers to have the same quality internet abroad as at home. This aspect should be ensured by the operators themselves by making available 4G and 5G internet in the destinations where the consumer goes (if these networks are available). Another innovation is the obligation of operators to inform users if they connect to a network other than the terrestrial network.
This therefore applies to travelers by ship or plane who may accidentally connect to the on-board network and thus pay mandatory fees. In addition, there will also be better access to emergency lines within the EU, and by June 2023 operators should send automated messages to their customers traveling abroad with information on available alternative ways to call the emergency services.
There is definitely room for improvement
While uniform roaming within the EU is a commendable effort, there is more than enough room for improvement. Mainly in terms of speed – according to the latest survey from 2021, 33% of respondents who traveled abroad had a lower internet speed than what they are used to at home. A full 28% were then connected via 3G instead of 4G, and it will certainly be interesting to see how this will change with the new unified roaming rules.
Source: Mobilizujeme.cz by mobilizujeme.cz.
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