The ban means that people will be charged their standard tariff rate, instead of previous extortionate charges.
The EU officially put an end to telephone roaming charges within its 28 countries on Thursday, a popular move, which people have campaigned for since customers started to receive vast, and sometimes shock bills on their return from holiday.
The change means it should be relatively similar in cost, to making calls from home, although you should be careful when phoning other foreign mobiles in the same country, as this is effectively like phoning abroad.
There are however conditions, with operators able to apply charges should you spend more than several months abroad. It should also be remembered that the abolition of roaming charges only applies to phone calls and text messages, not to data usage beyond that included in the normal domestic tariff.