Ofcom welcomes reduction of mobile rates abroad

The UK's telecommunications regulator has backed the European parliament's decision to cap the cost of using a mobile phone overseas.

Last week, the EU voted in favour of limiting the price of sending text messages and using mobile internet services while abroad.

The move has been hailed by Ofcom as "great news" for consumers ahead of the summer holiday season.

"We welcome the recent European decision to bring roaming charges down," a spokeswoman commented.

She added that Ofcom wants people from the UK to be able to get the most out of their mobile phone when they are abroad "without coming home to a high bill".

A total of 646 MEPs backed the changes in a vote last week, giving them a large majority over the 22 who opted against the move.

This means that holidaymakers who want to text people at home or access social networking sites on their handsets will no longer have to pay over the odds.

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