Roaming prices in Europe dropped today (again)

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  1. JSpira
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    My colleague Ben Rossi reported this morning that voice roaming charges in Europe dropped again...

    Roaming Prices for Mobile Calls Drop in Europe

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    Too bad US Carriers are not required to comply with this!
     
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    Ja, the European Commission has no jurisdiction on that front.
     
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    There's no roaming fee for going from 1 state to another on the national carriers though. If you think about geography, this is accomplishing something similar. I can take the train from Germany to Czech Republic and not see any evidence that i've crossed a border, but after the phone changes towers suddenly I'm hit with roaming?

    It would be like driving from North to South Carolina and suddenly getting hit with roaming.
     
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    I am not sure if by "from 1 state to another" you mean states in the U.S. or in a European country. Regardless, keep in mind you can drive from the Salzburg to Niederösterreich and also not get hit with roaming charges. I can also drive from Bayern to Baden-Württemberg and not pay roaming. But if I drive from the U.S. to Canada or Mexico, I pay roaming charges.

    Same thing really.
     
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    Along the Mediterranean Sea, you can also get some surprising roaming fees. For example, from some of the Greek islands, your cell phone might pick up a Turkish carrier.
     
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    That has also happened to people in San Diego, not picked up by a Turkish mobile operator but rather by a Mexican one. I think that problem has by and large been resolved but it used to be a major headache for people.
     
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    This thread capsulizes my major peeve with cellular telephones. I seem to have the capacity to cross borders whether they are there or not.:confused:
     
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    <major headache, near any border. I almost feel like there are extra towers lining the border to get into the neighbor, be it, US, DE, GR, or whoever...

    MY post on US carriers was relating to the US roaming rates in Europe... like when AT&T or TMo charge 2-3 bucks a minute to make a call within EU or to the US.

    That's why one needs a handy-dandy pouch of local sim cards :D
     
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    I have five at last count, but that does not solve the "close to the border" problem consistently. The new EU rules will help.
     
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    Ultimately, one SIM should do it (sans roaming charges)
     
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    One and done!!:D Wow, I would love that!!
     
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    agreed!
     
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    There is always Iridium and Thurarya

    One sim one rate. Just not one most of us are willing to pay :D
     
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    I had one of the earliest satellite phones. A huge lag and US$3.50 per minute. It was better than nothing when I needed it.
     
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    My uncle builds/assembles next-gen Thurayas... if you want one :D

    I hear it's very improved!
     
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    This is great news and saves people a lot of money.
     
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  18. That's really great news. However in my country - Bulgaria, there are 3 GSM companies which make schemes and are stealing money from the people with most rediculous reasons and invoices.

    So the dropping of roaming prices is good, but it won't help is, unfortunatelly
     
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    It's funny (or not), I spent last week in Germany and finally bought a German pay-as-you-go phone because it was so expensive to call on my UK phone...let's hope the new EU laws ultimately help customers!!
     
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    Bulgaria has much in common with Brazil, not least the mobile telephone companies. You also sent us an excellent export, our President Dilma, whose father was Петър Русев from Gabravo.

    That last part has nothing to do with our astronomically expensive mobile phone charges and even worse international roaming charges.
     

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