In a few months, the next state of EU roaming regulation will come into effect and network operators must charge the same prices in the EU as at home. Already last year, however, I was wondering if some network operators will respond by simply not offering international roaming anymore. And indeed, I’ve noticed the first German MVNO doing so now for some of his tariffs.
While many network operators and MVNOs in Germany have started to include EU roaming in their tariffs, even in their low end prepaid contracts, one of them has now gone the other way. “DeutschlandSIM” an MVNO going after the low end of the low end has just increased the amount of data that can be had from them for €5 a month from 200 MB (a joke, yes…) to 750 MB. In return, international roaming is disabled in this new tariff or can be had separately in a different tariff for €3.
Yes, this is the low end of the low end but I still wonder if they decided to become the guinea pig of the industry and see how the national regulator reacts? Perhaps this move is still within the telecommunication regulation law. However, will it still be if they ‘evolve’ their offer to enable their customers to temporarily switch-on international roaming for a limited period of time for an extra fee? I’d say the current approach is perhaps still borderline, especially because they have higher priced ‘national’ offers as well. The second one would be definitely against the spirit of a single EU telecoms market, however.
So let’s turn the stick around and instead of being outraged see it as an early wakeup call for regulators to sharpen regulation to make an EU-wide single telecom market a reality.
Original Source: Teltarif