EU slashes maximum fees for mobile Internet surfing when travelling in Europe by 55 per cent

BRUSSELS – The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while travelling 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 starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer holiday travel season.

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

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.