'T-Mobile: cheaper mobile internet abroad'

European mobile telecom providers may announce the reduction of tariffs for mobile Umts internet in Europe next week. T-Mobile confirms to Emerce during a large telecom conference to make statements about 'international roaming'. "The subject of international roaming charges is the next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, " said a spokesperson for T-Mobile Netherlands

European mobile telecom providers may announce the reduction of tariffs for mobile Umts internet in Europe next week.

T-Mobile confirms to Emerce during a large telecom conference to make statements about 'international roaming'. "The subject of international roaming charges is the next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, " said a spokesperson for T-Mobile Netherlands.

According to the English newspaper The Telegraph, T-Mobile makes agreements with other European telecom providers to reduce the rates for mobile internet abroad. This concerns the tariffs that they charge each other for the guest use of each other's networks, the so-called roaming tariffs.

It is not known with which operators the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary is talking. The largest European mobile providers include T-Mobile, Orange, Vodafone and Telefónica.

A flat-fee mobile internet subscription costs around 10 euros per month in the Netherlands. When these mobile surfers are abroad, the flat fee aspect of their subscription expires. They pay an amount per megabyte on guest networks. On average, that is more than 5 euros per megabyte (for example two to three mobile digital photos), with outliers to around 15 euros in some countries.

The telecom companies want to avoid financial surprises among their customers, but above all feel the pressure from the European Commission. Commissioner Vivianne Reding is considering imposing mandatory maximum rates for mobile data usage abroad, something the Commission has already done for mobile telephony in EU Member States.

The daily management of Europe is formulating new guidelines for the European telecoms market.