In a week from today, on Tuesday 1 July to be more precise, there will be a significant drop in EU data roaming charges before they get hopefully slashed altogether in the near future.

In a press release, the European Commission this morning pointed out that it will cut the price caps for data downloads by more than half, making it cheaper to use maps, check e-mails, update social networks and publish cute cat photos on reddit while travelling across the EU.

Phone calls and text messages will become significantly cheaper as well.

European Commission VP Neelie Kroes, who has been on a veritable crusade against roaming charges for a long time now, in a statement says the price drops will make a huge difference this summer, but that it is "not enough" and that she hopes EU Member States will "seal the deal" and terminate roaming charges once and for all.

Already, the Commission claims, roaming service charges have decreased 80-90% in 2014 compared to their peak in 2007.

(Featured image credit: Flickr / (cc) Gregor Fischer I re:publica 2012)

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