A much-needed cut in the cost of data roaming could persuade many consumers to trade in their mobile phones and switch to a newer model.
The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has released research that shows charges are currently too excessive.
It has called on regulators and policy makers to impose limitations on the amount operators can charge users to access the internet via their mobile phones.
Having analysed tariffs from 68 companies, OECD concluded that there is a strong case for the implementation of consumer protection measures.
Commenting on the potential benefits of such action, the report stated: "It will certainly assist in avoiding situations in which users incur a several-thousand dollar bill when returning from foreign travel."
A study of the UK's mobile broadband providers was recently carried out by Ofcom, which found O2, Vodafone and Three to be the fastest options, ahead of many of their rivals.
Posted by Samantha Green