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EU's Roaming Kickback

10:30 AM -- Does the issue of European Union (EU) mobile roaming charges look like a regional issue? Surely it's of little interest to our friends and colleagues in North America or Asia/Pacific? (See EU Roaming Caps Closer to Reality.)

Think again.

Some European mobile operators might be forced to cut their very lucrative roaming charges by as much as 70 percent, and they're hardly going to sit back and let their top and bottom lines shrink overnight because of regulatory intervention.

That's why Informa Telecoms & Media is suggesting that non-European visitors to the EU's 25 member nations might need to keep a closer eye on their cellphone usage when the new EU roaming tariff controls come into effect, which may happen in July this year.

Informa says a "number of European mobile operators" plan to increase the wholesale prices they charge "non-European operators whose customers roam onto their networks… [to] compensate for the loss of revenues resulting from the new European price caps."

A situation, surely, that will create yet another opportunity for the VOIP specialists to appeal to the wallets of traveling individuals and financial controllers alike. Expect a press release from Skype Ltd. soonish.

— Ray Le Maistre, Budget Calling Editor, Light Reading

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