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Quinlivan welcomes scrapping of roaming charges across EU

15 June, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today welcomed the scrapping of roaming charges across the EU. This move will allow Irish consumers to use their domestic call and text rates while roaming in the European Union for no extra charge.

Speaking from Leinster House, Teachta Quinlivan said;

“I am delighted that roaming charges across the EU are abolished from today, which will allow those travelling for business or holidaying in Europe to pay the same for texts and calls as they do in Ireland.

“Mobile phone roaming charges have always been a negative aspect of travelling abroad, as often people would be caught out using their phone overseas and be left with substantial bills when they return home.

“There is one major exemption to these new regulations that people should be aware of: mobile data is not included in this abolition of charges, and charges for internet use will vary according to your network provider and phone plan.

“People should get in touch with their mobile provider to find out what they are entitled to, to ensure they don’t receive huge bills for internet use abroad.

“Roaming charges have been a severe nuisance and injustice to thousands of people living in the border region who daily commute to work daily across the border, resulting in increased phone bills.
“Brexit poses a challenge in this regard also, and if the North is dragged out of the EU, a return to charges will inevitably follow.

“This is yet another example of the disastrous impact Brexit will have on our communities and highlights the need for the North to secure designated special status within the EU.

“I want to commend the Sinn Féin MEPs in Europe who have worked hard at EU level for this abolition of roaming charges."

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