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EU finally strikes roaming deal

Chris Ziegler

It still ain't exactly cheap, but the key word here seems to be "cheaper" as negotiators for the European Union have finally hammered out an agreement for roaming rates between countries. The deal calls for outgoing rates to be capped at €0.49 (about 66 cents), while incoming calls top out at €0.24 (about 33 cents), apparently a far cry from some of the rates folks are seeing currently. Be that as it may, subscribers will have two months to opt into a compliant plan or stick with their current one -- once the agreement is finalized, that is, at which point carriers will have one month to offer the new rates. Best of all, though, the legislation calls for rates to fall further in 2009. How often does that happen?


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