Good news for mobile phone use on your holidays!

The end of mobile roaming charges across the EU is a step closer following a provisional deal to cap wholesale charges.

The European Parliament has agreed a deal to cap the prices that telecoms operators pay for using each other’s networks.

This is in order to allow travellers to use their mobiles across the EU for the same cost as they would at home.

From mid summer, mobile calls within the EU will cost 3.2 cent per minute, while texts anywhere in the European Union will set you back one cent each.

The new caps have to be low enough for operators to be able to offer fee-free roaming to customers without putting up domestic prices, but high enough so they can recover their costs.

Dr Emmanuel Mallia, the Maltese Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, said: “This decision is the final step in a process that started 10 years ago.

“From next summer, wherever they are travelling in Europe, citizens will be able to make calls, send texts, surf and stay connected. Roam like at home is now a reality.”