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Warning over changes to mobile phone roaming costs

North West MEP Paul Nuttall, UKIP

North West MEP Paul Nuttall, UKIP

A European Union decision to cut mobile phone charges abroad is not as good as it sounds, warned MEP Paul Nuttall.

The move to end roaming fees in favour of a single telecoms market, has been approved by the European Parliament and is due for implementation by early 2016.

“This may sound marvellous news and for very regular travellers to the EU, such as businessmen, it may well be, but the telecoms operators have admitted that the loss in revenue will be pushed onto domestic users”, said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

He added: “Non-roaming customers will be subsiding roaming customers.

“Higher tariffs to compensate companies for this EU interference will far outweigh the annual two weeks of holidays when calls will be cheaper.

“This action by the EU will increase costs for the majority, to cut costs for the minority.

“It is the same MEPs who voted in favour of this change who will benefit.

“The reality is pensioners on pay-as-you-go will be subsiding EU fat cats and that surely cannot be right.

“I would like people in this country to know that I voted against it.”

He added: “Roaming charges have already dipped dramatically over recent years and as last week’s decision still requires the approval of member states I hope there is a backlash against it.”

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