Yet far away from what customers would like to get, it's a step into the right direction! Complying with the new rules approved by the European Commission in mid-2009, which guarantees consumers cost limits and warning systems from July 1, 2010, Telefónica O2 Germany today announced that it's cutting its rates for international mobile data use from April 19. From that date, 10 KB of transferred data in Europe will cost just 5 Cent instead of the previous 7 Cent; irrespective of whether the customer has a prepaid card or contract. O2 will also be putting the new EU ruling on mobile data use into effect on April 19 - ahead of the official starting date of July 1, 2010.
From this date, the "Mobile Internet Abroad" data rate with cost cap will automatically apply to contractual customers. As an alternative for people who use mobile Internet access more intensively when abroad, O2 offers the "Internet Day Pack EU". Both options are available for private as well as for business customers.
From April 19, 2010 the "Mobile Internet Abroad" rate will apply by default to all contractual customers in Euro Zone 1 and 2. After reaching the upper limit of 59.50 Euro (per month), no further charges will be incurred and customers can continue to surf, although data throughput will be reduced gradually (O2 hasn't given any further information about the throttled speed). Furthermore, O2 Germany sends a text message to inform its customer.
As an alternative, O2 is also launching its "Internet Day Pack EU", which gives customers 50 MB for mobile Internet use at a cost of 15 Euro a day. Once this volume is used up, O2 will gradually reduce the bandwidth for the rest of the day (again, O2 Germany hasn't given any further information about the throttled speed). However, another advantage of this option is that the daily charge only becomes due once 50 KB of data has been transferred. This means customers who don't surf, won't have to pay anything.
Mobile Internet Abroad and Internet Day Pack EU are valid for the following countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Romania, San Marino,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and Vatican City.
Cheers ~ Arne