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EU slashes mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent

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  • European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes addresses the media, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. The EU will cut the price caps for data downloads by more than half: down from 45 to 20 euro cents per megabyte (plus VAT).

      European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes addresses the media, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. The EU will cut the price caps for data downloads by more than half: down from 45 to 20 euro cents per megabyte (plus VAT).
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BRUSSELS -- The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved.

The European Commission says the new cap on the so-called roaming fees will be effective this week, just in time for the summer holiday travel season.

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It said the price cap for one megabyte of data use will be lowered to 20 euro cents (27 dollar cents) from 45 cents -- a 55 percent drop. Phone calls and text messaging services across national borders are also getting cheaper by about 25 percent.

The bloc's executive Commission -- keen on being seen as helping the EU's 500 million consumers -- started cracking down on the fees in 2007 and seeks to abolish them altogether by 2016.

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