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Mobile phone roaming charges in EU to fall

Person holding a BlackBerry touchscreen mobile phone. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The cost of using a mobile phone abroad will be slashed from tomorrow under the new rules. A price cap on downloading data means looking at maps, checking emails and sending pictures while travelling in EU countries will be 36% cheaper, and 91% cheaper compared to 1997.

The new roaming regulations also mean charges for making a phone call will drop by at least 17% per minute while receiving a call will drop by about 12% a minute.

The cost of a text message will fall by 11%.