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Phoning home?

Person using a smartphoneWill roaming charges return if the UK leaves the EU without a deal? That’s one of the subjects addressed on a BBC programme - Thursday in Parliament - on 7 February 2019.

The programme reported that since 2017 mobile phone firms have been banned from charging customers within the EU extra fees to use arranged allowances of minutes, texts and most data. 

It said that culture secretary Jeremy Wright tried to play down fears as he answered the roaming charges question in Parliament. Mr Wright said that the Government intends to legislate to retain within UK law the requirements on mobile operators to apply a financial limit on mobile data usage whilst abroad.

But later on he said that it is not possible for the UK Government to restrict the activities of European mobile network operators, although he added that mobile operators which cover 85% of consumers said they had no plans to change their roaming policies after Brexit. 

If you want to know more, listen here - roaming charges.

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