EU plans to reduce SMS roaming charges

The European Commission will propose legislation to slash the cost of sending and receiving SMS messages on mobile phones while roaming, Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding is set to announce Tuesday.

However, no such intervention is planned for other types of data transfers via mobile, such as Internet services and e-mail messages, according to a person close to Reding’s office.

No specific SMS (Short Message Service) roaming price caps will be mentioned Tuesday, the person said.

“The commissioner will mention figures that were suggested during the consultation and by the European Regulators’ Group, but no figure has been decided on yet,” the person said, asking not to be named.

A report from the European Regulators Group in January showed that on average across the European Union, users had to pay