People that go on holiday to Europe and use the internet on their mobile phones could end up paying as much as they spend in phone bills, experts have suggested.

The European Union is set to vote on new rules that would reduce the amount consumers can be charged for using their mobile phone abroad.

However, some organisations have argued these new rules that would be in place until 2022 at least do not go far enough and could leave travellers at risk of huge bills when using the internet.

An open letter to the communications minister Ed Vaizey from mobile operator Three, price comparison site uSwitch, Which? and three trade bodies said the sky-high bills stem from roaming data services.

"If the proposals become reality, using the internet on your mobile phone in Europe could end up costing more than the trip itself," the letter continued.

Last year, the EU imposed a €50 (£42) cap on data spending with internet access cut off after this limit is reached but holidaymakers outside the eurozone may not get the same protection.

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