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What will happen to roaming charges when I call from the UK?

As of 1 February 2020, the UK will become a third party for the purpose of EU rules, which will no longer be applicable. However, the transition period is in place from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020. During this period the status quo remains and European rules will therefore continue to be applicable on a temporary basis.

This means that users of telephony services will not be subject to any charges for roaming when they travel from the UK to the EU or vice versa until 31 December 2020.

Once the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, European law will no longer be applicable in the UK and therefore any roaming charges that are implemented will depend on the agreements reached on these matters during negotiations on the agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

Will phone calls be more expensive to or from a landline or mobile in the UK?

As of 1 February 2020, the UK will become a third party for the purpose of EU rules, which will no longer be applicable. However, the transition period is in place from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020. During this period the status quo remains and European rules will therefore continue to be applicable on a temporary basis.

This means that with respect to telephony charges between the UK and the EU and until 31 December 2020, the EU regulatory framework related to reducing charges for terminating wholesale voice calls (in other words, prices per minute that are charged between operators) and also the rules that determine the maximum prices per minute for voice (19 cents per minute, plus VAT) and SMS (6 cents, plus VAT) between end users.

Once the transition period of 31 December 2020 has ended, European law will no longer be applicable in the UK and therefore any wholesale termination charges between operators, as well as the charges between end users that are established will depend on the agreements reached on this matter during the negotiations on the agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

Will I be able to continue buying on e-commerce websites located in the UK?

As of 1 February 2020, the UK will become a third party for the purpose of EU rules, which will no longer be applicable. However, the transition period is in place from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020. During this period the status quo remains and European rules will therefore continue to be applicable on a temporary basis.

This means that until 31 December 2020, the EU regulations on the provision of information society services will continue to be applicable to the UK, in particular Directive 2000/31/EC (the Electronic Commerce Directive).

Once the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, European law will no longer be applicable in the UK and therefore any regulations on electronic commerce that may be implemented will depend on the agreements reached on these matters during negotiations on the agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

Will I no longer be able to watch some TV channels or be able to access video-on-demand platforms?

As of 1 February 2020, the UK will become a third party for the purpose of EU rules, which will no longer be applicable. However, the transition period is in place from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020. During this period the status quo remains and European rules will therefore continue to be applicable on a temporary basis.

This means that until 31 December 2020 the Union rules on audiovisual communication services will continue to apply in the UK, allowing the cross-border broadcast of linear audiovisual communication services (cable or satellite), as well as on-demand audiovisual communication services (video on demand or on the basis of a catalogue of programmes).

Once the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, European law will no longer be applicable in the UK and therefore any regulations on audiovisual communication services that may be implemented will depend on the agreements reached in this area during the negotiations on the agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

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