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EU confirms SMS and data roaming price caps

EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has confirmed plans to impose price caps on SMS and data roaming within the EU, a move criticised by many European mobile operators.

EU waters down plans for super telecoms regulator

The European Parliament formally adopted a range of new telecoms measures yesterday but significantly watered down plans to create an EU-wide ‘super regulator’ that would have power to overrule national regulators, reports Reuters.

Report: EU considers bigger data roaming cuts

A Dow Jones Newswires report claims that European Union member states are proposing bigger than expected cuts to the cost of data roaming.

EU investigating operator VoIP action

Cellular News notes that the European Union is looking at whether blocks on VoIP service by Europe’s mobile operators breach competition laws.

EU ministers back data roaming charge caps

The Financial Times reports that European Union (EU) telecoms ministers have backed plans by EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding to implement a retail cap of €0.11 per roamed text message, down from a European average of €0.29.

EU gives final approval to new mobile roaming caps

European Union member states gave their final approval to the new roaming rules on Monday, a move to lead to further reductions of up to 60 percent on consumers’ mobile roaming bills as of 1 July, notes Chinese news agency, Xinhua.

European mobile price curbs kick in today

New price curbs on the cost of using a mobile phone while outside a home state in the European Union came into effect today.

EU scraps plans for smartphone import duty

The European Union has cancelled plans for a controversial import tax that could have pushed up the price of smartphones by 14 percent, notes Cellular News.

EU approves 900MHz for mobile broadband

The European Union (EU) yesterday agreed to free-up spectrum in the 900MHz frequency band for 3G mobile use, reports Dow Jones Newswires.