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This holiday season using your mobile phone abroad will be considerably cheaper due to new regulations put forward by local Euro MP Mary Honeyball.

When using your phone abroad this summer calls will be charged by second, rather than by minute, and text messages capped at 7 pence.

The new European regulations on roaming charges on mobile phones, that were voted on this afternoon, will come into force on 1 July 2009 in time for parents and pupils to take advantage of the reduced priced call charges over their summer holidays.

Bill shocks, where larger than expected bills are received following holidays abroad, will also be stopped under the new regulations. Roaming customers will now be able to opt for a maximum bill limit of £45 free of charge when abroad. This limit will apply automatically to all customers who have not made another choice by 1 July 2010.


Notes to editors:

Contact Holly Sutton on 07966280542 for an interview with Mary Honeyball MEP.

Mary Honeyball MEP is the Labour representative for the areas of Croydon, Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth, Wandsworth, City of London, Westminster, Kensington and Camden.

Mary Honeyball MEP sits on the Industry, Research and Energy Committee in the European Parliament where these regulations were passed. She is also a member of the Women and Gender Equality Committee.

The European elections are taking place on the 4 June 2009. Don’t forget to vote.

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