Yesterday, a number of media sources reported that ‘Britons are unlikely to face steep charges for using their mobiles on the continent after Brexit‘. Also The Times.
Sure enough, the usual suspects were quick to jump in on the act with follow up reports and tweets about this.
And WikiGuido blogged about it here.
Vodafone chief executive Vittorio Colao said recently at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona such increases would be “not very logical”.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Colao said:
We treat Switzerland, which is not part of the EU, as part of it so why would we not treat the UK that way?
But Switzerland pay fees and they aren’t actually an official member of the EEA. They are a member of EFTA. They pay and get access and the benefits of membership but they don’t have to accept political oversight and EU fundamentals. See here.
Thanks to EU roaming rules, the cost of making and receiving calls abroad within the EU is now substantially cheaper than in 2007, when the EU first started to tackle excessive roaming charges.
However, it it will be up to the British government to implement similar legislation but that will hard because it depends on European providers allowing use of their networks, but to use Switzerland as an example is a misconception unless we agree to pay fees like they do.