Cansellation of roaming in the EU

In fact, since June 1, 2017, roaming in the EU has been canceled. On June 15, new rules were published, with which we tried to analyze whether the “window to Europe” is closed.

The rules are obvious

The rules themselves are obvious — when you use your mobile phone while traveling outside your country in any EU country you will not have to pay any additional charges for roaming. You get local / home-based services — calls (to mobile and landline phones), text messages (SMS) and data transfer while you are abroad.

Restrictions

Besides this, the rules introduce and explain the restrictions that can be imposed by operators on a subscriber who is in roaming. Оn the one hand, limitations of “fair use policy” divide subscribers into conscientious and not conscientious. On the other hand, they unleash operators hands on charging additional fees for the provision of services. “Fair use policy” means locating a subscriber in his native country for a longer period of time. In details- you will be monitored by the operators for 4 months and they will make a conclusion about your relocations. If you spent more time abroad than at home during this period, the operator can begin to apply a surcharge to your roaming consumption. The surcharges will be (excluding taxes):

  • 3.2 cents per minute for a voice call;
  • 1 cent for SMS;
  • € 7.70 per GB of data (price threshold in 2017 without taxes).

The upper price threshold will gradually decrease as of January 1 of each year from 2018 as follows: € 6, € 4.50, € 3.50, € 3 to € 2.50 in 2022.

Voice and SMS

New rules are very specific in terms of voice and text messages. They establish full equality for SMS and calls at home and on trips

Internet — from roaming to limits

If your tariff in the home region is below 7.7 € (10 € with taxes) per 1 GB, then the operator can enter a limit on foreign traffic. This limited amount of data can not be less than the result of dividing the balance on your account by 7.7 € / GB

For example, if your balance is 40 € on the account at the moment of crossing the border, then the limit on the data can not be less than 40 / 7.7 = 5.2 GB.

The operator can not give you the amount of traffic in GB in the roaming less than the doubled result of dividing from a monthly bet of 7.7. for packages with unlimited traffic volume.

For instance, you pay 30 euros per month for the unlimited tariff. The volume of traffic can not be less than (30 / 7.7) * 2 = 7.8 GB.

The map of CwSim tariffs < 10 €/GB

The map of savings in traveling to Europe with CwSim, where you will pay less than 10 € per 1 GB. The price of 1 GB for internet accesses will be just like that under the new rules of roaming in the EU. We expanded the location of countries beyond the EU and didn’t limit them to reflect the full picture is savings in traveling with #CwSim.

New tariff changes of the tour operator ComfortWay

The ComfortWay company announced about changes in their tariff policy. These changes have affected the number of countries of presence, the cost of services and the model of service delivery.

The price of the Gigabyte in Europe remains competitive with local operators after the cancellation of roaming in the EU and changes the tariff policy. The cost of the Gigabyte from ComfortWay in the region is within — 7,4 / 9,3 / 11,1 € / GB . In a separate group of countries, the cost of gigabyte is 14.8 € and above. The number of such countries is 9.

The average cost of gigabyte in Northern Europe is 9.8 € / GB, in Western Europe is 11.8 € / GB (without Monaco), in Eastern Europe is 10.9 € / GB (without Moldova), in Southern Europe is 10 € / GB (without Andorra, Bosnia, Vatican City, San Marino, Montenegro).

The plans of the company are to annually reduce prices for the gigabyte of mobile Internet traffic in the EU: 6 € in 2018, 4.50 € in 2019 and up to 2.50 € in 2022.

Beside this CwSim now operates in 200 countries. “Bundles” tariffs are introduced in 26 countries. This means the ability to purchase traffic packages in the size of — 100, 200, 500 MB and GB. Earlier in these countries was only available payment per megabyte. The price has been reduced in some countries such as Bahrain, Belgium, Israel, and Cyprus.

Conclusions and recommendations for travelers

  1. The data survived and many operators did not reach the GB for 7.7 €. Most likely that they will reconsider the tariffs for the reasons of revenue loss.
  2. It is possible that there will be developed new tariffs for EU residents and visitors. The last ones are likely to be based on the provision of services only in the host country.
  3. Cellular operators are likely to complicate the procedure for acquiring SIM-cards for those who enter the EU — why should they monitor someone else?
  4. B4 now is raising the roaming tariffs. It is worthwhile to think about new variants of communication services in the journey.
  5. It is better to take care in advance about good connection in your journey and buy CwSim ;)