All set for the holidays: O2 cuts rates for mobile data use abroad

-O2 will put new EU ruling into effect on April 19, 2010
-Internet Day Pack EU for 15 euros a day
MUNICH/Germany. The holidays can begin: Telefónica O2 Germany is cutting its rates for international mobile data use on April 19. From that date, 10 kilobytes of transferred data in Europe will cost just five cents with O2 instead of the previous seven, irrespective of whether the customer has a prepaid card or contract. O2 will also be putting the new EU ruling on mobile data use into effect on April 19 - ahead of the official starting date of July 1, 2010. From this date, the "Mobile Internet Abroad" data rate with cost cap will automatically apply to contractual customers. As an alternative for people who use mobile Internet access more intensively when abroad, O2 offers the "Internet Day Pack EU". Both options are available for private as well as for business customers.
From April 19, 2010 the "Mobile Internet Abroad" rate will apply by default to all contractual customers in zones 1 and 21). After reaching the upper limit of 59.50 euros, no further charges will be incurred and customers can continue to surf, although data throughput will be reduced gradually. O2 sends an SMS to inform them of this. O2 is complying with the ruling approved by the European Commission in mid-2009, which guarantees consumers cost limits and warning systems from July 1, 2010 in order to ensure transparent data communication. It protects customers against unpleasant surprises when using data connections abroad. As an alternative, O2 has launched its "Internet Day Pack EU", which gives customers 50 MB for mobile Internet use at a cost of 15 euros a day. Once this volume is used up, O2 will gradually reduce the bandwidth for the rest of the day. Another advantage of this option is that the daily charge only becomes due once 50 KB of data has been transferred. This means customers who don't surf, won't have to pay anything.
1)Zones 1+2: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and Vatican City. Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belongs to Telefónica Europe and is part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has 49 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.

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