Europe Roaming Charges

i read some time ago about the discussions or negotiations between the EU and mobile operators about the price of roaming between European countries. It’s no joke.

I got my Smart phone bill. The calls I made from Germany to the Philippines were PhP 123 per minute! These are listed under “roaming operator charge,” with a zero toll charge. The roaming operator is “MM GERMANY”. This is most likely T-Mobile DE since I was roaming with them most of the time.

If I remember right, this rate is 15% on top of the operator’s IDD rate. If this is correct, then the IDD rate is fantastic.

On the other hand, SMS is not bad at PhP 7.58. This was PhP 32 per SMS when I was in Israel.
On the other hand, the incoming calls that I got were only PhP 20.54 (US$ 0.40 I guess) on the toll charge, with zero roaming operator charge.


5 Responses

  1. yow! 123 per minute! good thing skype is available whenever you can scrounge up a wi-fi connection.

  2. Yes. Our hotel in Düsseldorf fortunately had free WiFi. However, this was a spur of the moment call, while I was on the train.

  3. Did you know that international SMS doesn’t have terminating cost for most of the Operators but they charge higher than local terminating SMS? Just learned it from Messaging Asia last week.

  4. I realize that this is now extremely dated, but the rate you are charged is typically the Roaming Rate (not IDD rate) of the operator you were roaming in plus a 15% surcharge. The Roaming Rate portion goes to the (in this case) German operator and the 15% goes to your mobile operator in the Philippines.

    Roaming rates are anywhere in the region of USD1.50 to USD2 per minute. Ridiculously expensive, considering once you are registered on the roaming network, the actual cost of making the call practically no different from the cost if the German operator was your home operator.

  5. Apologize for adding another post, but just to complete the picture…

    To continue from the above thought…

    This is as opposed to GPRS Roaming where the actual data traffic goes out to the internet from your home operator’s GGSN, which means the traffic goes into the German operator’s GPRS/HSPA core, then through the international links, through some GRX’s, then to your home network’s core, then out to the internet.

    Despite this, it is in GPRS roaming where a lot of the discounts on roaming traffic appear simply because the IP traffic is so much lower than voice traffic that the operators make less money on that anyway.

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