Looking Forward To EU Roaming Price Cuts? Get The Details.
Since then, the EU has settled on capping roaming rates for other EU subscribers in a move that regulators estimate will save EU subscribers €4.4 billion. But unfortunately, Carlo was right. Non EU citizens will will feel the balloon bulging. A recent report from Informa telecoms suggests the carriers will respond by increasing the roaming rates they charge non-European visitors. This looks a lot like the 2003 hotel room-phone charges that went up instead of down as a response to cell phones: some hotels simply gouged those who didn't or couldn't use a cellphone.
What's the net net? Contact your cellular provider before going abroad to find out what the rates are. Don't forget to ask about mobile data rates, too, if you use mobile e-mail. Beware that unless settings are adjusted, your Blackberry or Treo will likely connect to a local network as soon as you power on, and will start incurring data roaming fees whether you look at your e-mail or not. If you're staying for a while, consider picking up a local pre-paid SIM card for your GSM phone.