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From next week travellers using mobile data in Europe will be cut off from the internet if they hit a €50 bill limit.

New EU regulations designed to prevent huge surprise bills come into force on 1 July.

Mobile operators will be required to warn customers when they reach 80 per cent of the bill ceiling. Those who want to continue using mobile data abroad will have to call to have it lifted.

At the same time the maximum wholesale price per MB of roaming data uploaded or downloaded will be cut to €0.80 from €1. Next year it will be slashed again to €0.50.

European regulators acted against data roaming charges under the pressure of reports of travellers returning home to unpayable bills. Last summer a British student racked up an £8,000 bill using a 3G dongle in France. ®

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