In 2016, the countries that were members of the European Union (EU) voted to get rid of the roaming charges that affect the block.
This meant that people who went on holiday to a foreign destination within one of the Member States could use their data, SMS and telephone charges at no additional cost.
But now Britain is no longer a member, these rules no longer apply to our citizens.
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Some mobile operators have responded by announcing that they are reintroducing roaming charges across the EU for some of their customers.
This means that those who go on vacation or want to travel to countries within the EU may have to pay a fee to use their telephone, text and data allotment.
So what are the guidelines for each UK cellular network? And how much could I possibly raise to use my phone, data and SMS credits if I go to the EU? This is what we know.
Which telephone networks have re-introduced EU roaming charges and which have not?
Depending on which cellular network you are registered with, it depends on whether you incur roaming charges within the EU or not.
Note, however, that these charges do not apply to the Republic of Ireland, which does not have a network that charges for use in that country.
EE has announced that it will charge certain customers for the use of their data, text and minute fees when traveling to the EU.
The changes will come into effect on March 3, 2022 and affect those who signed a contract after July 7, 2021.
EE offers a fixed amount for the use of data, calls and text allowances when traveling in the EU of £ 2 per day.
Alternatively, or for longer trips, you can use the company’s Roam Abroad add-on for £ 10 per month, which covers EU usage.
Vodafone has also announced that certain customers will be billed for the use of their data, text and minute quotas when traveling to EU countries.
Various tariffs are offered to customers. If you took out your tariff before August 11, 2021, you will not be affected by the changes in roaming within the EU.
However, if your contract ends after that date and you have a standard plan you will have to pay £ 2 per day to use your certificates in the EU. You can also get an 8 or 15 day pass for the price of £ 1 per day.
However, if you use Vodafone’s basic tariff, you cannot roam at all within the EU and only make emergency calls.
The changes will take effect on January 31, 2022.
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The network has announced a charge of £ 2 per day for these new customers or those who have upgraded from October 2021. Customers before this date are not affected.
The changes will take effect on May 23, 2022.
O2 is one of the major mobile network operators that is not announcing the return of roaming charges within the EU for the time being, but that could change in the future.
A roaming limit of 25 GB was introduced in the summer of 2021, which means that you will not be charged any additional fees as long as your usage is within this limit.
This is handy for vacationers in other EU countries as they are unlikely to use as much, but if you are traveling for long periods of time on business, for example, fees may apply if you exceed this.
O2 considers improper use of its 25GB policy to be more than 63 days of use in a four month period. In this case you will receive an SMS from the company.
If you exceed 25GB usage or your EU usage is deemed unfair, you will be charged £ 3.50 per GB for data, 3.3p per minute for calls and 1p per text message sent.
Some mobile networks have not announced if or when they plan to introduce roaming charges for customers traveling to the EU.
Although we know, for example, Virgin Mobile does not intend to do so, and neither does Sky Mobile currently. Information on the latter’s website says that customers can register for a roaming pass that gives them free access to their data, text and minute quotas in 30 countries in the EU and the European Economic Area.
GiffGaff doesn’t seem to be reintroducing EU roaming charges either. On his website it says: “Our tariffs can be used in the EU and in selected destinations in the same way as at home and at no additional cost.”