The hated mobile phone roaming charges that blight tourists' trips around Europe are set to be abolished - but you'll have to wait until 2017 for it to happen.
The agreement announced on June 30 will end the frustration of EU citizens on holiday or abroad for business who face steep charges for using their phones for calls and Internet browsing when in the bloc but outside their home country.
Coming into force on June 15, 2017, the deal means 'you can use your mobile device when travelling in the EU paying the same prices as at home,' the European Commission said in a statement.
'If you pay for a monthly volume of minutes, SMS and data in your country, any voice call, SMS and data session you make while travelling abroad in the EU will be deducted from that as if you were at home, with no extra charges,' it added.
The deal was reached following discussions stretching back to 2013 in overnight talks between the Latvian presidency of the EU and the European Parliament.
It still needs formal approval by the bloc's parliament and 28 governments and was described as 'provisional'.
'This is the end of a long process and we're delighted we managed to produce a result that will mean concrete improvement for citizens in the single market,' European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters at a briefing in Brussels.
Commenting on the EU Commission announcement, Gautam Srivastava, mobiles expert at MoneySuperMarket, told MailOnline Travel: 'The end of roaming charges in the EU is a massive win for customers both in the UK and in Europe. This is a fantastic signal of intent by the European Commission to move toward a free and fair single digital market in the EU which will mean even greater freedom for customers.
针对欧盟委员会的此项决定，理财网（MoneySuperMarket）的手机专家高塔姆·斯里瓦斯塔瓦（Gautam Srivastava）对每日邮报网旅游频道（MailOnline Travel）说：“取消欧盟漫游收费对英国和其他欧盟成员国的消费者而言都是一次巨大的胜利。同时这也很好地证明了欧盟委员会有意努力创造一个自由、公正的统一数字市场，这意味着消费者有更多选择。“