Zero roaming fees becomes reality in Sweden
by FFE EU News Staff
Swedish telecom giant Comviq has just announced it is offering a new flat-rate roaming mobile subscription on Thursday, the first to offer such a service in Europe.
Comviq head Magnus Larsson said ‘Our statistics show that seven out of ten Swedes turn their data roaming off completely while travelling. They’re afraid of using their phones abroad.’ European Commission’s spokesman for Digital commissioner Ryan Heath welcomed the news, saying:
The European Commission has been pushing for lower roaming costs, stating that many travellers come home trapped with huge roaming charges.
European commissioner Vivian Reding said ‘As telecoms commissioner, I had to negotiate with the big – and exclusively male – telecoms chief executives about lowering roaming charges and mobile termination rates.’ Comviq’s service keeps calls, texts and web surfing at a low price regardless of the user’s whereabouts inside the EU.
Comviq said their voluntary move was necessary for their users who take frequent trips to other EU countries and to their foreign-born customers. Larsson said ‘There are 500,000 people living in Sweden who were born in another European country. This shows the potential of people travelling to visit family and making calls back home, and using the internet while they’re away.’
Aside from Comviq, the Commission has also praised Swedish operator TeliaSonera for cutting down its roaming costs. Last August, British telecom Three also abolished its roaming charges on select countries.