EU mobile roaming charges scrapped
15th June 2017 - an European Union regulation to scrap roaming charges for people travelling in the EU comes into full effect.
It's been a long time coming but a brand new shiny regulation banning roaming charges comes into force today.
Basically it means you no longer get hefty bills when travelling in the EU because you've updated Instagram which naturally means more cash for snacks and fun stuff. Win/win.
So, what does that actually mean? Basically this:
EU citizens travelling within the EU won't be charged any more than they would be at home for sending texts, phone calls or using their data.
Are all phone companies offering this?
Yes. It's an EU Regulation so they have no choice but to ditch these expensive roaming charges. That being said, there will be a few differences when it comes to what each provider is offering if you exceed your normal limits. This can be a stinger and might cost you a small fortune so it's best to check this one out before hopping on that plane.
Also bear in mind that fair usage policies tend to apply to most providers so it's probably not wise to use that data to download a film.
Oh, cool. So which countries can I use this in?
Anywhere which is included in the European Economic Area or the EEA for short. This can include places like Iceland or Norway, but some providers are offering free roaming to places outside the EEA to make their services look even better.
I'm going outside the EU. Does this apply to me?
Unless stated by your phone provider, this new regulation doesn't cover you and could end up costing you a pretty penny if you don't check this before hand. Some companies will provide special deals or packages if you're going outside the EU so check to see what's out there.
I really like speaking to my partner/kid/friend/cat on the phone when I'm away. Does this mean I can call for free?
Nope. The expensive connection charge has been dropped but the cost of the calls themselves will still be there and they're totally free to charge whatever they want when it comes to that part.
So now you can travel and show off your adventure to your hearts content without being terrified of that bill landing in your emails. Sounds ~perfect~ 📱✈️
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