O2, EE and Vodafone customers have issued a warning over new roaming charges for Europe
Thousands of Londoners will have to pay extra to use their mobile phones abroad from March as a number of networks in the UK have revealed they will bring back EU roaming charges. Roaming occurs when a mobile phone is used outside its home network – for example abroad – and connects to another available cellular network.
Each mobile network provider will operate on different charges and thresholds when using your phone in a different country, reports Liverpool Echo. Before the UK left the EU, Brits could use their monthly call, data and text allowances in 28 EU destinations at no additional cost.
Now that the UK is no longer part of the EU, some mobile providers have reintroduced roaming charges, while others allow customers to continue roaming for free.
To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled a guide below to all the mobile networks in the UK that have brought charges back, with information on when charges will start and at what cost.
READ MORE: The impact of Brexit on mobile data roaming charges
Roaming charges are back at Vodafone. New and upgrading customers will have to pay up to £2 a day to use their monthly data, talk and text plan, unless they sign up before August 11, 2021.
However, those using Vodafone will be able to reduce the cost to £1 a day by buying a multi-day pass for eight or 15 days (Vodafone will charge £3.13 per GB over its 25GB limit).
Those on the company’s more expensive Xtra plans will still have roaming included, while the Republic of Ireland will be exempt for all customers.
Learn more here.
Roaming charges will be in place again with EE from March 3, 2022.
Those who have subscribed to a paid monthly handset or SIM plan with EE from July 7, 2021 will have to pay a daily charge (£2 per day if you exceed your allowance) for using their phone in the European roaming zone .
See the list of destinations where the charge will apply here.
However, if your contract started before July 7, 2021, you will not be charged the £2 fee.
Customers who pay monthly for tablet, laptop, mobile and broadband will also incur the charges if they entered into their contract on or after August 18, 2021.
Here’s how the new fees will work:
A low fixed daily payment of £2 per day
You don’t have to do anything to register, if you use your allowances you’ll pay £2 for that day, and if you don’t you won’t be charged anything
All your allowances work just like home – and you can buy more data if you need it.
Learn more here.
Lebara currently has no plans to bring roaming charges back to the EU.
The SIM-only company also has some great deals, so this network could be the key solution to saving some cash on your bills this year.
Their 30-day 5G SIM-only plan includes 2GB of data, 1000 minutes and 1000 texts for just 99p a month for the first three months with code LEBARA5 – find out more here.
– see a list of their destinations where charges will apply here.
Customers will see the changes take effect from May 23, 2022. (Three’s fair use limit is 12GB and customers will be charged £3 per GB beyond that)
Three has introduced Go Roam, which allows customers to use their plan or additional allowances in over 70 destinations worldwide at no additional cost.
However, if users exceed their plan, they will be charged.
For £5 a day customers can get unlimited unrestricted data (up to fair usage limits) which can be used exactly as customers want, whether that’s uploading photos, streaming TV shows or create a personal hotspot.
If you use a lot of data or just want the best internet experience, Three says their Data Passport is for you.
For more details here.
There are currently no EU roaming charges at SMARTY.
Corporate users have a 12GB data cap for roaming in the EU.
Their cheapest SIM-only plan starts from £6 a month – see their deals here.
It’s a bit confusing when it comes to O2.
They say they have no plans to reintroduce roaming charges in Europe as they will be part of customers’ monthly plans (O2 customers have a monthly data limit of 25GB and will be charged £3.50 for each GB thereafter).
However, they say those traveling outside of a Europe zone who do not have their O2 Travel Inclusive Zone Bolt On will incur a charge.
They recommend customers get the O2 Travel Bolt On as they say it’s the perfect way to stay connected when you’re on holiday – it costs £4.99 a day in some destinations outside of Europe.
Customers can pay a single, fixed daily rate that will get you 120 minutes, 120 texts and all the data you need. There is no upper usage limit for data, but data speed may vary.
For more details here.
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EU roaming for Lycamobile users is currently free with a 20GB cap.
Rates will vary if this threshold is exceeded, learn more here.
Sky Mobile customers can use their phone or tablet in over 30 European (EU/EEA) destinations at no additional cost with a Roaming Passport.
Sky says when customers are traveling abroad they will send them information about roaming charges in the destination they are visiting.
Sky has also introduced a global data roaming spending cap of £45 per month for each SIM card so customers never spend more than they want on data. You can remove this cap here.
All mobile data used will come from the customer’s UK data plan.
If customers benefit from unlimited calls and texts when roaming in the EU/EEA, calls and texts to standard EU/EEA mobile and landline phones will be included (and receipt of calls will cost nothing extra).
If you are a Pay As You Use customer while roaming within the EU/EEA, the cost to call or text to standard EU/EEA mobile and landline phones is 10p per minute or by SMS (and he won it doesn’t cost anything extra to receive calls either).
The cost to send a picture message is the same as sending from the UK (40p per message).
Learn more here.
Plusnet has introduced a Roam Like at Home add-on that can be added to its mobile plans.
This means that customers can use their monthly plan in over 40 EU destinations including; France, Spain, Italy and Germany.
If you have used all the allowances in your plan, you will be charged for any additional usage outside of your plan as if you were in the UK, unless you purchase an extra.
For more information on these charges, see their mobile rate guide.
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