If you have spent a lot of time traveling internationally, you know that it is often cheaper to fly home to give someone a message than it is to call them on your mobile phone. International usage fees can be a bit extreme, to say the least. The European Union wants to do something about that, in Europe at least.
The European Commission is looking to enact a law that will see users charged the same price to make a local call in any of the 25 EU countries that they would pay at home. Any extra charges would be outlawed. This issue is particularly important in Europe since more people are traveling to live and work given the freedom of the union. The mobile providers will likely put up some resistance to the new law. The companies make about $12 billion from roaming charges each year and that is almost purely profit.