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Know your options when it comes to using your phone abroad, so you don’t spend more than you have to.
Using your mobile phone abroad used to be very costly and an overpriced data roaming bill isn’t something your travel insurance will cover.
Luckily, the rules around data roaming are changing, with data caps and like-for-like data charges helping to control your costs when you're overseas.
All prices as at 14th June 2022
|Network||Customers this applies to||Roaming charges in Europe|
|Asda||All bundle customers||All bundle customers have a 25GB data roaming limit regardless of the amount of data included in your bundle. Once you have 25GB of data you will be charged 4p per MB, the same as you would pay for data in the UK.|
|BT||Roam Like Home lets you use your UK calls, texts and data abroad in 47 destinations without paying extra roaming charges.||None with Roam like Home.|
|EE||If your current plan started before the 7th July 2021, you can use your included minutes texts and data abroad at no extra cost.||A daily fee of £2 to use your minutes, texts or data. You can purchase a Roaming Pass directly from EE for £10 which could save you some money.|
|Giffgaff||All||Giffgaff plans can be used in Europe as you would in the UK at no extra cost.|
|O2||O2 doesn’t charge anything extra for using your included minutes, texts or data within their Europe Zone but if you wish to visit a country outside Europe, you may want to consider purchasing a bolt on.||None|
|Sky||All||£2 a day with Sky’s Roaming Passport Plus pass|
|Tesco||All||No extra charges in Europe as part of its “Home from Home” scheme.|
|Three||You can use your tariff allowance in 71 destinations if you have a Three Advanced Plan.||For Pay Monthly customers who joined or upgraded on or after 1 October 2021, there’s a daily charge of £2 to do this in Europe.|
|Virgin||All||Within the EU, you can use your UK allowance with Roam Like Home.|
|Vodafone||If your current plan started before the 11th August 2021, you can use your included minutes texts and data at no extra cost. But if your plan started after 11th August 2021 (or after 29 September 2021 if you took out your plan through an indirect partner), daily charges will apply.||A daily fee of £2 to use your minutes, texts or data.|
|Voxi||All||£2/day (or £1/day if you buy an 8 or 15-day bundle) from 1 June 2022 but you must buy a roaming pass with this network.|
Since 2017, calls, texts and data usage in the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein have cost the same as in the UK – that could change at any time now that the UK's left the European Union.
Major phone operators didn't immediately apply roaming charges after the Brexit transition ended on 31 December 2020. But there's no longer any legal right to ‘roam like at home’.
If you’re going on holiday outside the EU, roaming charges are usually very high.
Since January 2021, it's been up to the network provider to decide how much they charge.
Each provider could decide to reintroduce roaming charges at any time, so make sure you check what yours charges before you go away.
Wherever you travel, there will still be a mobile roaming data use limit of £45 per month.
This means you’ll receive alerts when you’ve used 80% and then again at 100% of your data allowance, so you don’t accidentally overspend.
You can find out more about the rules on data roaming abroad on the government’s website.
If you’re using data anywhere that your provider charges for roaming, you’ll need a data roaming add-on to avoid potentially high data charges.
You can buy a roaming add-on before you travel so you know exactly what you’re getting, or when you get to your destination.
Buying a data roaming add-on abroad means the price will vary, depending on which country you’re in.
Calls, texts and data use in countries where your provider doesn't include free roaming will not be charged as the same as in UK.
Here’s a few ways to save money while using your phone abroad:
Your phone will need to be ‘unlocked’ for you to use a different SIM card and you’ll usually have to have ID to buy one.
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