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Mobile Phones: Fees and Charges

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Bowness Lord Bowness Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to (1) replace EU legislation about mobile telephone roaming charges, and (2) ensure that UK subscribers are protected from excessive charges after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

In the event of a deal, surcharge-free roaming would continue to be guaranteed during the Implementation Period. Following the Implementation Period the arrangements for roaming, including surcharges, would depend on the outcome of the negotiations on the Future Economic Partnership. The Political Declaration on the UK's Future Economic Partnership proposes a framework for negotiations with the EU, including for services and digital sectors. That approach would not preclude discussions with the EU on arrangements for consumers, for example in the area of mobile roaming.

In the event of no deal, the government has published a technical notice on mobile roaming. This is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mobile-roaming-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/mobile-roaming-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

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