If you are a traveller or holidaying in or outside Europe than making or receiving calls via your cell phone could prove to be a costly affair, the EU roaming caps notwithstanding.
The detailed list of top mobile networks uk that offer the cheapest data roaming is provided here that should assist you in roaming on pocket friendly basis , plus the add-ons available to help you save money whether your destination is within the EU or elsewhere in the world.
Pay monthly plans
Non-EU calls – From 18.7p
Non-EU texts – 5.8p per text + the cost of a domestic text (14p)
Non-EU data – 19.8p per MB for up to 5MB; £15 per 5MB thereafter
Vodafone’s international roaming rates are some of the lowest around, which make it pretty affordable to keep in touch with home. The Euro Traveler feature allows pay monthly customers to use the calls, texts and data within your existing data plan within Europe for £3 per day, and you’ll only be charged for the days you use your phone. Be aware however, that by opting into Euro Traveler (by texting ADD to 40506), you’ll automatically opt out of the monthly data roaming spend limit for data within Europe because you’re using your existing allowance
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The Vodafone boasts of the lowest international roaming rates. It comes up with a Euro Traveler feature which enables the existing monthly customers to call text and browse with your existing plan within Europe at £ 3 per day and charge will be only for the day you use the phone. But by using this plan you will shed your roaming spend limit for Europe within Europe.
Pay monthly plans
Non-EU calls – From 80p per minute
Non-EU texts – 40p per text
Non-EU data – £6 per MB
O2 offers a wide range of bolt-ons to assist pocket friendly international roaming viz-a-viz UK. You just have to select the destination from the list provided and the cost of calling messaging and net browsing.
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In case you plan to discontinue during trip than O2 Travel feature is just for you. The charges for using data in Europe are £1.99 for 50MB for 24 hours after that you will have to text MORETRAVEL to 21300 for an additional 50MB.The pay monthly customers can get a free talk time of up to 60 minutes for inter European calling on payment of connection charge of 50 p. You can check whether O2 Travel is by calling customer services on 202 or checking your online account.
Pay monthly and pay-as-you-go
Non-EU calls – From 24p per minute
Non-EU texts – 8p per text
Non-EU data – From £1.50 for 10MB
The Virgin mobile offers Three Tier travel passes on monthly basis that are highly flexible with add-ons running just for one .These three tiers are: £1.50 for 10MB data, £6 for 50MB data, and £20 for 250MB data. These options are very cost-effective and helpful for surfing within Europe and some other nations namely Iceland ,Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Though there are no add-on packages for rest of the world but the standard rates are pretty reasonable for calling and messaging. You may check the full list.
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European Union roaming rules
European Parliament caps are binding on all networks on cost of mobile use
Of late the mobile usage charges for abroad have come under great scrutiny from European Parliaments Special Caps have been introduced via new legislation for to regulate overseas roaming charges on local networks determined by mobile operators while overseas. One must be aware of the European Unions rules and regulations on roaming charges while overseas.
List of capped charges to be abolished from December 2015
The following table indicates the European Union roaming caps and the charges that will be done away with from December 2015.As per the current laws the users at the max can use the data up to €50 per month and are forbidden from transmitting or receiving more data unless they choose to do so.
|Making a call (per minute):||€0.19 (15p)|
|Receiving a call (per minute):||€0.05 (4p)|
|Sending a text (per SMS):||€0.06 (5p)|
|Internet data (per MB)||€0.20 (16p)|
*Prices are set in Euros, but cost in British Pound Sterling varies with exchange rates.
All pay monthly, SIM-only and pay-as-you-go plans
Non-EU calls – From free
Non-EU texts – From free
Non-EU data – From free
Three comes up with a feature called Feel at Home in select countries which enables you to use your UK plan allowance( or add on for pay-as-you-customer) for calling or messaging or net surfing as you are able to do it at home with no extra charge. The countries that are covered under this are France, Australia, Denmark ,Austria, Ireland ,Finland ,Norway, Indonesia , Sweden Switzerland ,Israel ,Italy/ USA and Switzerland. It also includes Macau and Hong Kong which fall under the Chinese administration.
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If you are travelling at some other place than you will be charged extra for internet browsing unless you have the Euro internet pass which costs £5 a day and is specially designed for browsing purpose. As per the Three the streaming and other activities might me relatively slow and also tethering calling and messaging are not included .You can find out more about Three pay-monthly and pay-as-you-go plans abroad here
EE Extra pay monthly plans with roaming
Non-EU calls – From 20.4p per minute
Non-EU texts – From 6.8p per text
Non-EU data – Data add-on required
If you have got EE’s data add-on you can benefit from it on roaming to cut on extra costs. Otherwise you will have to pay extra charges. You will be presented with the additional price list when you open the browser at your destination. The add-on prices may vary from place to place and it could go up to £ 200 for 50 MB data at far flung places.
As for calling and messaging you can enjoy free unlimited roaming within a few selected countries. It means that all incoming calls or text for free from UK and eligible countries This however doesn’t apply on outgoing messages and calls or on countries except covered under this plan, in which case you will be charged according to standard EE plans and charges that apply on international roaming.