With the new rules users will not pay extra for calls, texts or data traffic when traveling in other EU / EEA countries. However, for subscriptions with high or unlimited data traffic, the mobile operator may set a limit for how much to use abroad before the subscriber has to pay extra.
"I am very pleased that we got this in place for Norwegian mobile users from the same date as elsewhere in the EU / EEA. Here we see a practical example of the benefits of a common regulatory framework through the EEA Agreement," said Frank Bakke-Jensen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs.
Gradual introduction over the past ten years
The reduced prices are the result of good cooperation between the EU Commission and the member states in order to arrive at appropriate regulation. The introduction of "Roam like at home" is therefore the final step in a decade long process of regulating roaming prices within the EU / EEA. Initially, only the prices for regular calls were regulated, then the regulation was extended to include SMS and eventually data surfing.