"Roam like at home": Same price for mobile use in EU / EEA

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Illustration: Simon Johannsson.

The EU's new common European rules on the use of mobile phones when traveling abroad came into force on June 15. The rules were incorporated into the EEA Agreement on June 13 and thus apply to Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein from the same date as in the EU.

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.