Mobile Data on Your Holidays Should Be Cheaper, Says House of Lords

By Gary Cutlack on at

A House of Lords sub-committee has asked Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, to get tough on roaming mobile data fees, saying current high costs for cross-network data use put travellers off accessing "increasingly important smartphone services while abroad."

It's not a specific UK issue, clearly. The Lords want Vaizey to raise the problem of rip-off roaming data costs at European level, to ensure we can all go on booze-packed holidays to Magaluf without worrying how much it's costing to upload the evidence to Facebook come the morning after.

The sub-committee is asking the government to push for stronger regulation across Europe, to help "drive down the cost to consumers" of mobile web when abroad, while also pointing out that users are still confused about the billing ramifications of using their phones overseas. [The Register]

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