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European Union extends free mobile roaming until 2032

In June 2017, the European Union officially abolished the roaming charge system for mobile phones. The original agreement bans roaming charges for five years until 2022, but the agreement has now been extended for another 10 years.

According to the European Commission, the use of mobile data in 2019 increased 17 times compared to 2016, when roaming was still paid. Between the countries of the European Union, payments for making and receiving calls, sending and receiving text messages, as well as for the Internet are made in accordance with the usual tariffs of the operator.

EU negotiators have reportedly reached an agreement to extend Roam Like At Home (RLAH) rules. Until 2032, smartphone users between EU member states will continue to enjoy free roaming when traveling abroad.

On Thursday, after the European Parliament reached an agreement with Slovenia, which currently holds the EU presidency, a plan to extend the RLAH rules was formally adopted. This will affect all 27 EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. However, since the UK has left the European Union, it no longer enjoys this advantage.

This agreement is expected to be renewed again after 10 years.

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