Mobile roaming charges to end in 2014

The Telegraph reports that the European Union has fast-tracked plans to abolish roaming charges within EU member states:

Roaming fees for voice calls, texts and internet access will effectively be completely scrapped under the proposals, which are part of a broader effort to create a single European telecoms market.

The group of 27 European Commissioners voted in Brussels on Tuesday to drive the package through in time for the European elections in May next year, to come into force as soon as 1 July 2014.

This can’t come soon enough. Despite the fact most networks across Europe are owned and run by only a small number of larger companies (Telefónica, for example, run networks across most of Europe and, indeed, the world), the costs of using data, calls and texts in another country is absurd. I visited Ireland for Mac Genius training in 2006 and was charged over £200 in one month by my carrier as all the calls and texts I made were classed as international.