Regulations making the use of mobile phones in Europe significantly cheaper have been passed by the European Parliament.

The plans were voted in by a huge majority and include imposing a price cap on the amount operators can charge.

From July, using mobile data in Europe will not cost more than 56p per megabyte, which is much less than the current rates. Calls will also be capped at 23p per minute, plus VAT.

The proposals were initially put forward in March and were met with a mixed reaction from operators.

EU chiefs said the regulations are coming into force in order to prevent bill shock, which is said to have affected many travellers who don’t discover the true extent of the money they have spent until their monthly invoice arrives.

MEP Ivo Belet was quoted as saying: “In a borderless Europe, there is no place for charges that diverge so much at home and abroad.”

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