A few weeks ago, we reported that most roaming fees for iPhones (and all smartphones and non-smartphones) would be scrapped or greatly reduced in EU member countries come July 2014. While that's great news for those of us living in EU countries with mobile plans based in the EU, the even better news is that we don't need to wait 12 months to see our bills get cheaper. As of today, roaming fees are dropping significantly and will drop even further a year from now.
As noted by Engadget, the new rate charges, which are in full legal effect as of midnight last night, are now reduced by 12 percent per minute for incoming calls. Text messages are 11 percent cheaper than they were yesterday, and roaming data charges are down a whopping 36 percent. At €0.45 per MB, roaming data charges are now 91 percent cheaper than they were in 2007.
It's important to note that you don't need to be an EU citizen to get these great roaming data rates. If, for example, you are from the US and come to the EU on a European tour, you can simply buy a local SIM in one country and slip it into your unlocked iPhone. Since the SIM is an EU SIM, you'll be able to get the same great local data roaming rates as EU citizens.
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