It’s no secret that Canadians pay among the highest roaming fees in the world. Horror stories abound about travellers who have returned from ski trips or sunshine vacations to cellphone bills far out of whack.
According to the CRTC, Canadians spent about $800 million in international charges in 2013. Half of those fees were incurred in the U.S.
As banks aim to stake their ground in the burgeoning mobile payments market, a U.K.-based software company says its efforts in Canada are being stymied by the hazards of innovation.
Two of the country’s Big Six banks have come close to inking deals to buy software built by Proxama Plc that can plug the credit card issuers into multiple mobile payment offerings, but cell phone applications have forced the banks to rethink their game plans and set back negotiations.
The European Union reached a preliminary deal on Tuesday to scrap mobile roaming charges across the 28-country bloc by June 2017 as part of an overhaul of the continent's telecoms market to boost growth and innovation.
Brussels goes to battle this week over high costs for Europeans in using mobile phones across EU borders, with a new proposal slated to slash expensive roaming bills to almost zero by 2015.With many disgruntled vacationers each summer returning home to shock bills after calls or phone downloads during holidays in another European Union nation, the European Commission on Wednesday releases a plan for a single phone market.The aim is to narrow or eliminate altogether the difference between the cost of a domestic call and one made from another country in the 27-nation bloc.
The high cost of using smartphones and tablets across the European Union is set to be slashed under European Commission plans Wednesday to slash expensive roaming bills.In a season that often sees disgruntled users returning home from vacation only find shocking bills after calls and downloads in other EU nations, the European Commission announced a plan to extend price caps on roaming charges until 2016.It would also act to narrow the cost between domestic calls and those made across borders.