How Much For Using My Phone Abroad? - Explaining mobile roaming charges

Going on a holiday is great fun and full of excitment, you are off with are family and loved ones, you've got your bags packed with all your top gear and you are gong to look great by the pool or on the beach.

Wait there have you forgot one important thing - the extra costs you may incur when using your phone for calling, texting or using the internet whilst you are abroad.

What is Roaming?

Roaming is when you travel outside of your home counties domestic coverage area. So if you have a UK network, anything outside the UK would be classed as roaming and charges and historically a big costs apply.

No matter if you are using minutes to call home sending texts to your friends in the UK or just looing through the internet or using an app for data, you will incur the extra costs.

Using your mobile phone free when in Europe

Currently Three and EE have tariff plans in place that include using your phone in many European countries for no extra cost, it just comes out of your normal monthly plan.

A new law will come into force in 2017 where by all network providers will have to do this for all countries in Europe, it's not be decided how that will happen yet or specific details but it's great news for goliday goers, to that favourite spot in SPian or many other much travelled place.

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3 Allows Data too

A list of Three's Feel At Home Advanced Plans Destinations

You will notice some of these are outside of Europe too. The Feel At Home is not available on Three's Essential plans

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Macau
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United States

As you can see there is a large area covered, yet there are more to be added later in 2016 and here they are.

Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey & Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

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EE - Currently just calls and texts but add-ons for data can be purchased

With EE Extra plans you get the roaming benefits.

A list of EE's Roaming Benefit Destinations

  • Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guyana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican.

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How much Data in Gigabytes do I need?

Using the internet on your phone, be aware that apps etc etc can use data to be able to work, will depend on the individuals have connected to 1GB , 2GB and 5GB but is 1GB Data enough for the likes of the iPhone and Top Samsung Galaxy smartphones?