Roaming Charges: Outside the EU, It Is Really Expensive

The EU would like to further reduce the cost of mobile phone use within the EU. The goal is the Elimination of roaming charges in the next year. Until then call, text and surf with your phone abroad in the EU but is still at a premium.

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EU-roaming always cheaper

Since 30 April 2016, there is a new regulation, which further lowers prices for roaming. The provider can expect to only small premiums on the domestic rate for use in other EU countries. So, as an outgoing call more than normally costs maximum of 6 cents (including VAT) per minute. For SMS the premium is not more than 2 cents gross per piece, for excursions in the mobile Internet at 6 cents per megabyte. Caution when surfing abroad in the EU: the inclusive volume from the domestic tariff will be charged this.

How the consumer portal Check24 has calculated, new standard EU roaming prices but by no means always the cheapest way to use your phone across the border. So, you can save up to 83 percent of the cost for mobile surfing around with special international data packages.

Abroad options for the travel book

Here it is on individual usage patterns. Absolute little users go well with the standard price, who want something more phone calls or surf the mobile Internet, asked at his provider about special options. Just for short trips are so-called daily or weekly passes make sense to have a run time of only 24 hours or 7 days and about cause, no further costs.

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However you should remember exactly when the option expires. Surfing, texting and calls then blithely, takes again the standard EU price it could be so unexpectedly expensive. When choosing a daily also to sure whether this actually full 24 hours or only until midnight is, even if you have only booked him to 23: 00.

EU-roaming: the current regulations at a glance

Cost (gross) for outgoing calls from the EU auslandstandard: national tariff + 0.06 EUR per minute maximum for domestic price + surcharge: 0.23 Euro per minute cost (gross) for incoming calls in the EU auslandstandard: 0,0136 euro per minute maximum for domestic price + surcharge: 0,0136 euro per minute cost (gross) for SMS from the EU auslandstandard: national tariff + 0,02 EUR per Stückhöchstbetrag for domestic price + surcharge: 0.07 euro per piece costs (gross) for mobile browsing in the EU auslandstandard : national tariff + 0.06 EUR per minute maximum for domestic price + surcharge: 0.24 euro per megabyte including quota in the auslandwer in Germany has completed a mobile plan with including volume, minutes or-SMS, uses this also abroad in the EU, if he goes mobile online, on the phone or texting. In addition, he pays the listed premiums per megabyte, minute of conversation and SMS. This provision does not apply if the customer has posted a special option with inclusive units for external use. Cost airbagfür mobile radio provider is based in the EU that they have to offer their customers a cost airbag if between customer and provider do not explicitly something else has been agreed. This airbag limited the monthly cost for mobile surfing 59,50 euros (gross). Also, users receive a warning as soon as 80 percent of that agreed limit is reached. The cost airbag is known worldwide. Information spflichtwenn smartphone users within the EU a border crossing, must the mobile operators send them a text message with the prices for outgoing and incoming calls, SMS and data sharing, which apply in the new country.

Expensive cell phone use outside the EU

Bad cost traps lurk according to Check24 mainly outside the European Union. Here access namely the directives. Calls from Switzerland, Egypt, Thailand and Tunisia to Germany up to 3.04 euros per minute, a megabyte of data volume up to 19.25 euros happig!

Inform to departure exactly, what your provider at your destination for the Smartphone Usage takes. Usually the costs outside the EU are so high that even little users should better accept not the standard prices.

In this case many providers in turn offer also fare options for abroad. A Turkey-holiday-makers who on the phone for 30 minutes after Germany, pays about Vodafone default Vodafone World 58,20 EUR (1.94 EUR per minute). Only 2,99 Euro, here are 50 minutes included a savings of 95% with the alternative option easytravel day costs the call.

After all: The so-called cost airbag also applies to the use of the mobile Internet outside the EU. This provision stating your mobile provider may ask you maximum 59,50 euros per month for browsing Bill unless you have no other control with him.

 

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