You can say au revoir to rip-off EU roaming charges


Wave goodbye to shockingly high roaming charges when travelling through Europe. This is because on April 30 EU regulations came into force demanding networks lower their roaming charges. Even better news is that from June 2017, all EU roaming charges across the networks will be scrapped altogether.

From now on operators will only be able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices up to €0.05 per minute of each call made, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per MB of data (excluding VAT). Incredibly, the EU has achieved retail price reductions across calls, SMS and data of over 80 per cent since 2007 and data roaming is now up to 91 per cent cheaper compared with 2007 while the volume of the data roaming market has grown by 630 per cent.

Tesco has acted early by ditching roaming charges for its network customers who travel around Europe this summer. But they are not the first.

In 2013, Three introduced its Feel at Home service allowing customers to use their phone abroad at no extra cost in 18 worldwide destinations, including 10 outside the EU - the US, Australia and New Zealand among them.

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