The EU has pushed through cuts in mobile phone roaming charges in a bid to try and close the gap between domestic and foreign call rates to almost zero by 2015.

Data services on smartphones will be capped at €0.70 (58p) a megabyte, which is far less than most carriers currently charge in the EU.

Prices on voice calls will also be capped to €0.29 in July and will be reduced further to €0.19 in 2014.

This move comes after the House of Lords recently called for action to be taken against roaming charges that are “unacceptably high” and costing Britons hundreds of pounds in some cases.

The news was met with a mixed reaction from carriers, with Everything Everywhere – owners of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK – claiming it was the wrong move, while Three applauded the decision.

“This move by EU policymakers is great news for consumers and will help end the gulf that exists between what people pay at home and what they pay when they are abroad,” a spokesman for Three added.

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