From 15 May, calls to other EU countries will be regulated. The minute may then cost a maximum of 22.8 cents.
If you have family or friends in another EU country and you want to call them, you can do that cheaper from 15 May. From there the European Union regulates the prices for calls and SMS to other EU countries for the first time: It then applies an upper limit (including VAT) of a maximum of 22.8 cents per minute or 7.2 cents per text message.
Johannes Gungl, head of telecom RTR: “Europe is getting closer. There is no longer any need to worry about where or with whom you are talking on the phone in other EU countries. “This year, the regulation will also come to talks in the EEA countries Lichtenstein, Iceland, and Norway.
Customers do not have to worry about anything Price
the regulation applies to consumer telecom contracts, both for fixed and mobile networks and also for value-added card rates, which are charged according to consumption. The conversion is automatic, customers do not have to worry about anything. If you have an additional package with international minutes or text messages, you pay the new prices only after consumption of the included quantities.
But how much can consumers actually save? The “Krone” has asked mobile operators how much is required for phone calls and text messages to the EU until Wednesday and how high the costs are in non-EU countries:
Magenta CEO Andreas Bierwirth (formerly T-Mobile) has already introduced the EU cap on new tariffs! In addition, free minutes are included abroad, even in countries such as Serbia, Bosnia, Turkey, and the USA. With old T-Mobile tariffs, one pays to the worldwide foreign countries after consumption of free volumes 99 cents per minute.
- A1 boss Thomas Arnoldner also charges 99 cents per minute and 35 cents per SMS on the Go! Tariffs after consumption of free units.
- Three boss Jan Trionow calls for the “Optimal” tariffs after exhaustion of the free quantities 45 cents per minute to the EU and for international SMS uniformly 35 cents gross to all countries.
- Michael Krammer of HoT: “With us, customers pay no more than 19 cents in the EU, USA, etc. Thus we are already 17 percent under the now regulated prices!”
- Spusu boss Franz Pichler: “With us, all free minutes can be used without additional costs also for discussions in the EU!”