December 15, 2015 years – this date will be remembered for all phone users, and above all the entire telecommunications industry operating within the European Union. Then it because it really has ceased to exist the word "roaming" within the limits of the States brought together in this organization – there will be no additional charges for calls made abroad the country, we will not have to pay dearly for the next kilobytes used data word, for frequent travelers abroad or having friends or family outside our country firmly in the family budget will feel no need to pay the often very high bills.

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All this is "guilty" is a package of telecommunications, adopted by the European Commission in April this year an overwhelming majority. It aims to unify the telecommunications market. One of the most important findings of this document is the fact that from 15 December 2015 roaming within the EU will be completely free, both in terms of calls, as well as the use of data.
The new law will provide a dynamic, healthy and competitive telecommunications sector. The idea is that each European businesses have the tools and networks they need to develop, and every EU citizen seamless connectivity it needs, without unfair practices, such as blocking services or roaming charges. – Says Kroes, EU Commissioner for. Agenda digitally.

There's no denying that the introduction of new regulations is a huge change in the telecommunications market. It is not that the message falls at all like a bolt from the blue – the first rumors about the planned elimination of roaming charges appeared after a couple of years ago, and all (with a focus on mobile operators), the European Commission prepared to take this step through successive price reductions for calls within the Union. Already in July 2013, we had to deal with fixing maximum rates per minute for outgoing calls at the level of 1.22 zł, for SMS and paying 41 cents, and 1 MB of data transmission costs about 2,30 zł. From 1 July this year the fee once again went down – this time a 97 minute connection cents, 31 cents SMS, and most became cheaper access to the Internet – 1 MB equals 1,02 zł. In general, since 2009, the European Commission reduced the rate of telephone calls by up to 80%.

Consumers in this play

The proposed changes, of course, most consumers enjoy – in the end throughout the European Uniii we are up 500 million. What will the abolition of roaming charges? First of all savings. One of the bodies of the European Commission has calculated that the reduction of rates for telephone and data transmission has brought us savings in the range up to 5 billion euros – completely eliminating them can bring additional profits in the amount of almost 2.5 billion next. As you can see – the case of crashes considerable money. But this is not the end of large numbers – according to EU estimates, all Member States have in fact cost of roaming dispute: a year is the amount estimated 0.9% of the GDP of the entire community, that is – a trifle – 110 billion.

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How to claim EU decision-makers, the abolition of these fees will trigger a significant improvement of trade and strengthen competition on the European market, especially in the small and medium-sized businesses. How to say 85% of jobs in the EU provide just small businesses, and reduce the cost of communication will allow the establishment of contacts with partners in more than 20 countries belonging to the community. Above all, however, the proposed changes will affect it that – simply speaking – just start using smartphones abroad. A report published by the European Commission in December 2013, are presented in a very depressing statistics – as much as 94 percent. Europeans complain about the high costs of international calls and data. According to the study abroad with popular web services such as. Facebook via the internet using packet at the twenty-fifth European. Generally, except within the home country of the network use only when already we just have to – and the need to never benefited 47 percent, or almost half of EU citizens. At the end of the summary statistics across the data that we geeks seem to be absolutely incredible – one-third after crossing the border for fear of high costs or problems with the resignation of paid services just … off the phones! In our country the statistics did not overthrow on his knees – from a cell outside the borders of our country use because about 60% of people. Very poor also presents the percentage of people using the data – although it is generally not high (from the Internet in the cells use less than 40 percent. Poles), in addition to Polish looks even worse: network services are in use only 9 percent. our citizens abroad.

Headache operators

Consumers enjoy, in turn mourn the operators, although, paradoxically, does not do so explicitly. Representatives of major European telecoms – including Polish operators – say the need for regulation of roaming charges and unification relations between telecommunication companies. But the facts are indisputable – operators along with further reduction of rates for international calls, as well as the near-term and complete their abolition, they lose a lot of money.

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speculated that in terms of profits across the EU roaming about 4 percent of their total revenue, which annually gives approx. 5 billion. With regard to the Polish market, these amounts are no longer quite as large, but still impressive – as many as 900 million zlotys, or, in short, quite an important element of the income of domestic operators. How to say, however, representatives of the EU institutions – these losses can offset the fact that according to estimates, operators across Europe thanks to the release of the telecoms market will benefit more than 300 million new customers. Profits will also be felt due to increased activity of phone users, especially in the context of data and communications, because really everyone can afford it to the extent that established under the subscription agreement. Satisfied can also be application developers serving as guides or navigation software – the high data transmission rates often prevented the use of such services from a smartphone.

Tenders a dime a dozen!

Operators, however, is not convinced – only in Poland in recent years, due to a reduction in roaming charges indigenous telecoms lost nearly 200 million. For this reason, the biggest Polish companies started a wide-ranging action Fri "Let's Make Money on roaming, while still possible." Tenders operators suddenly began appearing on offer allowing free communication with others within the EU under subscription. And so the play offers us the formula of Europe Unlimited, in which we can contact with others in the European Union without limit for 69.99 per month. In addition, get unlimited SMS and MMS, and connect to all of the country and 3 GB internet package – a contract is signed for 15 months.


T-Mobie took a slightly different tack, offering its customers a certain number of minutes and megabytes for use in the EU as the packages included in the subscription price, for example: offer JUMP! LTE internet without a phone for 64.99 get 1 hour of free calls in roaming free and 100 MB internet. This operator does not offer a subscription with the possibility of unlimited calls within the EU for individual customers – the largest free package is 2 hours of talk time and 500 MB of roaming the world. Orange, in turn, offers a package of 400 minutes for outgoing and incoming calls within the EU offer Smart Plan Multi for 59.98 without a phone and Smart Plan Multi-Max for 129.98 and 149.98. The Smart Plan Halo subscription for 69.98 Orange allows you to benefit from free roaming within the 800 available minutes using a conversion factor "2 minutes for national calls = 1 minute to the EU." Subscribers of this operator can also use the package "Go Europe Plus", which for 9.90 zlotys get 15 minutes for outgoing calls and 15 MB internet. Paid offers containing various types of packages relating to the free roaming does not have for a Plus. For this operator, we can not use the service "in the Union at home" in which minute call to the EU and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein costs 29 cents. Persons wishing to surf the web may in turn acquire a 100 MB for 24.90 dollars.

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One thing is certain: with the abolition of roaming charges and the lack of income opportunities on special packages and offers subscription Polish telecoms somehow will have to offset the significant loss in hand. While in the short term is unlikely, we can expect significant increases, so in the long term, operators will certainly raise some rates also taking into account the fact that Poland has one of the lowest in the EU per minute charge voice calls. Representatives operators also say openly that the profits from roaming mainly earmarked for the modernization of the transmission and relay. Of course there is no chance of that with the abolition of roaming in the EU telecoms suddenly stopped spending money on infrastructure, but the amount may be slightly smaller than what is currently seeing in the telecommunications market. Well – we, as consumers, we can certainly enjoy the announced changes. Free roaming in the EU will eliminate the problem of high bills and the need for looking at the counter minutes will also facilitate communication within the community. On the other hand, it is also a financial issue for mobile operators who suddenly will have to deal with reduced revenue and the need to fill the gap in the budget. It is, however, a problem of large telecom behemoths – they will have to try to get the customer and offer him the best offer. We at the moment we can only look on with curiosity at the next movement in the Polish market and calmly wait for the possibility of free calls and internet access in nearly thirty countries of the European Union. Became interested you article? See also other manic columns .