the European Commission takes all this international roaming stuff within the European Union serious (if only they would take international data roaming that serious as well) since the deadline for European cell phone carriers to offer a new mobile phone roaming tariff passed on Monday evening. The European Commission now said it's planning to name carriers on the web not offering customers the rates yet.
Monday's deadline is for people to be able to actively apply for the reduced
tariffs, which must be activated within one month. Consumers who do nothing
should be automatically given the new rates in September.
"Today is a very important day," said Martin Selmayr, a European
Commission spokesman, at a televised news conference in Brussels. "According
to the roaming regulation, all roaming customers in the European Union
should be given the opportunity by 30th July, 2007, to opt deliberately for
the new Eurotariff."
Selmayr said the European Commission, which has faced resistance from telecom
carriers over the law, will collect information on compliance and offer it via
"We will put together by the end of this week a Web site which will
include the names of operators from all E.U. countries, whether they have
offered the Eurotariff, which kind of Eurotariff they have offered, and
those who haven't done anything," he said.
The Eurotariff is the product of a new European law that aims to cut the cost
of using a mobile phone overseas for the EU's 490 million citizens. It caps the
cost of a call while roaming in another EU country at 0.49 Euro (US$ 0.66) a
minute and the cost of receiving a call at 0.24 Euro. Those rates will fall to
0.46/0.22 Euro in the second year and to 0.43/0.19 Euro in the third,
If carriers don't offer the tariffs they can be subject to legal action.
"This is not a recommendation, it's a regulation. So it's directly
applicable law." said Selmayr. "If a customer hasn't received the Eurotariff
as of today he can [take the operator] to court."
Well, I'm really looking forward the list of operators to see "who are the
good, the bad and the ugly".
Cheers ~ Arne