EU extends free roaming in Europe until 2032

European leaders have agreed to extend roaming across the European Union until 2032, meaning consumers will be able to use the internet, make calls and send text messages at no additional cost.

The European Council endorsed regulations passed by the European Parliament in December 2021, allowing roaming rules to be extended beyond June 30, 2022, when they were due to expire.

This means that mobile users cannot be charged extra for SMS, calls and internet in the 27 EU member states at no additional cost, although the regulation allows mobile phone providers to adjust their prices to make it sustainable.

A “fair use” policy also remains in place to prevent users from “always on the move” and taking a cheaper contract in one country but using it exclusively in a more expensive country.

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