I am currently based in Friedrichshafen, Germany. I have a German sim card. I will be travelling to Switzerland, Austria and France during this Christmas season and I would like to know if the European Union has passed laws abolishing roaming charges within these regions (EU countries). I have read a few articles and wiki links similar to these but can anybody provide an authentic source?

I use a sim card purchased from Media Markt. However, on my phone, it shows the service provider in Germany as Vodafone. My partner uses a Lebara sim card. Answers specific to these service providers would be helpful. I tried contacting the service providers but I have not got any conclusive replies from them. They told me that I will receive some sort of notification (either through sms or e-mail) about how things would be but I have not received anything.

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    Lebara is a Mobile virtual network operator. It doesn't run its own mobile network, rather it buys excess bandwith from true mobile networks such as vodafone. When using a MVNO operator your phone will often say the name of the network it is actually connected to rather than the company you are paying. I use lyca, which is similar to lebara, and it gives free roaming on calls and texts but doesnt have data roaming. When you go to a new country you will get a system generated text telling you the conditions. Dec 8, 2016 at 10:22
  • Have you visited the provider's website?
    – Neusser
    Dec 8, 2016 at 13:09
  • You haven't received anything because you are not in roaming. You will receive sms as soon as you are in roaming area (within an hour usually).
    – Neusser
    Dec 8, 2016 at 13:10

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No. They were last lowered in April 2016 and will be completely abolished on June 15th 2017. In this link you can find the timetable for the changes: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/roaming-tariffs

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