T-Mobile Netherlands is reducing the cost of roaming, so customers can use their mobile phones at domestic rates when traveling in the EU. Incoming calls, as well as sending and receiving SMS will be free, the same as when in the Netherlands. Calls when roaming will be limited to 120 minutes per month at national rates, taken from the customer’s monthly bundle. After that, customers pay their normal out-of-bundle rate of EUR 0.30 per minute. Data services will still be subject to the EU’s regulated rates or T-Mobile’s own Travel & Surf data passes for roaming.
The new offer is valid in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland for customers signing a new contract from 19 January. The changes are part of T-Mobile’s new plans, ‘Stel Samen & Stel Bij’, available from 19 January. As earlier announced, the new plans separate the cost of acquiring a phone from the subscription fees and allow customers to change their bundle allowances on a month-to-month basis.
The structure of T-Mobile’s offer is in line with the ongoing discussions on EU roaming regulations. Telecom ministers are in favour of implementing ‘roam like home’, subject to a fair-use limit in order to offset the differences between EU countries in roaming usage and give operators time to adjust. EU regulator Berec has said it is too early to introduce such a measure for data services though, due to the significant gap still between wholesale and retail prices in some countries.