Swedes use most mobile data in the Nordics

Swedes are guzzling more than twelve gigabytes of data from mobile devices per year, making them the most data hungry across the Nordic region.

Swedes use most mobile data in the Nordics

A new report from the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) published on Thursday showed that almost one in ten Swedes has a mobile broadband subscription that allows more than 100 megabites per second. The subscription rate outpaces similar services in Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

The Finns, however, are not far behind in terms of mobile data consumption. The figures show that each mobile broadband subscription in Finland is used to download ten gigabytes every year.

Finns are also chattier than their Swedish neighbours, talking on their mobile some 3,000 minutes per year. Swedes, in contrast, spend about 2,000 minutes in conversation.

Text messaging, meanwhile, appears to have fallen out of favour, as mobile users in the Nordics send fewer compared to the last few years.

The Danes, however, are still punching the buttons to get their short messages across. They send 1,500 texts per person every year.

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Sweden set for cheaper EU roaming charges

Roaming charges that currently mean EU mobile phone users are charged extra if they are in another member state, are finally set to be scrapped after years of wrangling.

Sweden set for cheaper EU roaming charges
Checking your Facebook account from abroad will soon be cheaper. Photo: Evan Vucci/TT
The move – which will affect Sweden and all other 28 EU members – comes after the European Parliament finally gave the green light to a ban on roaming charges in a vote on Tuesday.
But Europeans living in other states will have to wait a while before their phone bills come down, with the ban not set to come into full force until June 15th 2017.
The extra costs have long been at the centre of a battle between EU officials backed by consumer groups, and mobile operators.
Roaming charges currently vary enormously between telecoms operators and many users have ended up paying exorbitant rates — often without knowing in advance — to make calls when travelling within the European Union.
Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, said following the announcement: 
“Today's vote is the final result of intense efforts to put an end to roaming charges in the European Union and to safeguard the open internet.
“As from mid-June 2017, Europeans will pay the same price to use their mobile devices when travelling in the EU as they do at home. And they will already pay less as from April 2016.”
An interim cap on the extra costs will kick in from April 30th 2016, before the full ban takes effect the year after.
That cap will mean operators can only add a surcharge of no more than:
– €0.05 (0.46 kronor) extra per minute for calls
– €0.02 (0.18 kronor) extra per text message sent
– €0.05 (0.46 kronor) extra per megabyte of data used
But while the ban in theory sounds like great news for anyone with a mobile phone who likes to travel, critics have issued warnings.
They say suggest any dip in profits for the mobile phone companies will simply push up prices of mobile phone contracts in general.