EU Drops Probe of Roaming Charges

Susan Hall

The European Commission said Wednesday that new EU rules forcing telecom companies to cut the cost of using mobile phones abroad make its antitrust investigation unnecessary, so it has been dropped.

The Associated Press reports the commission had been investigating charges that dominant British and German companies were charging excessive roaming fees for other European mobile network operators.

New rules on roaming costs for consumers went into effect June 30 and Telecom companies have one month to offer customers a new price structure. The commission said vacationers could see their phone bills cut by up to 70 percent compared with their last trips.

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