A European Union law that slashes the cost of sending a text message abroad has taken effect.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the law cuts the cost of sending text messages abroad from 28 eurocents ($0.39) to 11 eurocents ($0.15). BBC News notes that the law also requires telecoms to charge for calls by the second after the first 30 seconds, rather than rounding up to the nearest minute. Come July 2011, voice calls abroad will become cheaper, dropping from 46 eurocents ($0.65) a minute to 35 eurocents ($0.49).
Says the EU's Viviane Reding,
"From today, all Europeans making calls or sending texts with their mobiles can experience the EU's single market without borders ... The roaming rip-off is now coming to an end, thanks to the determined action of the EC, the European Parliament and all 27 EU member states."