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    3 are allegedly doing free data roaming anywhere in Europe. There surely has to be a catch somewhere? Anybody looked into it?


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    I've used it for the last 2 years - there is no catch. I believe the other companies are implementing it now too as part of some EU law change. Probably something we will lose after Brexit ☹️

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    Saved thousands over the last few years. Great feeling when you get back to the UK and you get a text saying you have spent 116 when you were in Spain but it costs you nothing. Excellent service.

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    Yeah I've used it in Spain. Feel At Home I think it's called, you can use your contract just as you would here.

    I didn't get a text saying I would have spent X amount though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xavi Hernandez View Post
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    3 are allegedly doing free data roaming anywhere in Europe. There surely has to be a catch somewhere? Anybody looked into it?
    No catch EE do it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xavi Hernandez View Post
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    3 are allegedly doing free data roaming anywhere in Europe. There surely has to be a catch somewhere? Anybody looked into it?
    Not just Europe but USA, Brazil, Australia etc etc too. Great service.

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    I think data roaming in the EU is free for everybody now.

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/20...15-june-brexit

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    I think data roaming in the EU is free for everybody now.

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/20...15-june-brexit
    It is, I'm using it the now. It changed last month. Hopefully brexit won't change it back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    It is, I'm using it the now. It changed last month. Hopefully brexit won't change it back.
    It's only free because of EU legislation.

    Brexit will almost certainly mean we'll get charged for calls and roaming in Europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xavi Hernandez View Post
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    3 are allegedly doing free data roaming anywhere in Europe. There surely has to be a catch somewhere? Anybody looked into it?
    No catch.

    All providers in Europe offer roaming in most other European countries at no additional cost.

    I'm just back from Portugal and used it every day and it cost me nothing. Although I'm with O2 and they don't offer 4G abroad so it was a bit slower than I was used to.

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    It's only free because of EU legislation.

    Brexit will almost certainly mean we'll get charged for calls and roaming in Europe.
    O2, Three, Vodafone and EE all offer roaming for no additional cost in Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein and none of these countries are in the European Union. Why would the UK be any different post-Brexit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    No catch.

    All providers in Europe offer roaming in most other European countries at no additional cost.

    I'm just back from Portugal and used it every day and it cost me nothing. Although I'm with O2 and they don't offer 4G abroad so it was a bit slower than I was used to.



    O2, Three, Vodafone and EE all offer roaming for no additional cost in Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein and none of these countries are in the European Union. Why would the UK be any different post-Brexit?
    It was the European Union that forced phone companies to drop charges, the fact that they have also dropped charges for a few other countries doesn't mean that they will continue the free roaming when they arent legally required to do so. With a bit of luck the British government will force them to continue with what we have now.
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    I'm with EE and like all the others now do free roaming in Europe, some do selected other countries too.

    For my trip earlier this year I bought a 3 wireless Wi-Fi thingy on pay as you go and was able to use 'UK' data in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. I also used it pre deregulation in Spain. I think the full list is 40 or 60 countries.

    For those unable to get UK data outside the EU check and see if 3 do. The dongle thingy was about 40 with 3 or 4 GB of data included. It was way cheaper and more convenient than EE just on my phone (I could use it on my phone and tablet and so could my wife) and easily topped up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    It's only free because of EU legislation.

    Brexit will almost certainly mean we'll get charged for calls and roaming in Europe.
    If you're allowed to roam in Europe at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    No catch.

    All providers in Europe offer roaming in most other European countries at no additional cost.

    I'm just back from Portugal and used it every day and it cost me nothing. Although I'm with O2 and they don't offer 4G abroad so it was a bit slower than I was used to.



    O2, Three, Vodafone and EE all offer roaming for no additional cost in Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein and none of these countries are in the European Union. Why would the UK be any different post-Brexit?
    Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland are all in the EEA (full single market members) so are covered by the new rules. Switzerland isn't, so how it's treated is up to the provider, some are still charging, some aren't.

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/busines...costs/43258232

    Yet another reason why an EEA/Norway option is the only sane way out of this cluster****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland are all in the EEA (full single market members) so are covered by the new rules. Switzerland isn't, so how it's treated is up to the provider, some are still charging, some aren't.

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/busines...costs/43258232

    Yet another reason why an EEA/Norway option is the only sane way out of this cluster****.
    None of the UK providers charge anything extra for using your phone in Switzerland though, which was my point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir David Gray View Post
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    None of the UK providers charge anything extra for using your phone in Switzerland though, which was my point.
    Apart from o2 payg, which kind of underlines that there are no guarantees if you're outside the single market.

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    Does the relaxation of the roaming charges only apply to calls to UK numbers or also calls to the country you are in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    Does the relaxation of the roaming charges only apply to calls to UK numbers or also calls to the country you are in?
    With vodaphone you can call numbers in the country you're in.
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    Don't turn your vodafone handset on in US, they automatically charge you a fiver per day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    With vodaphone you can call numbers in the country you're in.
    Thanks LB. I've got Vodafone and pay 4 Euros extra that allows me to call any EU country and the US from any EU country or the US on a flat rate with data included. I guess what I'm asking is can I now save the 4 Euros by cancelling the extra add-on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    Thanks LB. I've got Vodafone and pay 4 Euros extra that allows me to call any EU country and the US from any EU country or the US on a flat rate with data included. I guess what I'm asking is can I now save the 4 Euros by cancelling the extra add-on?
    The new ruling only covers the EU so I don't know about calling the US. When I was getting ready to come over to Spain the recorded message definitely said something about an extra charge for using your phone outwith th EU, but I couldn't tell you if that meant calling out from within the EU
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    Does the relaxation of the roaming charges only apply to calls to UK numbers or also calls to the country you are in?
    It means that using the phone in any EU country (actually any EEA country) should incur the same cost as using the phone in your home country, there should be no extra charge associated with relocating the device.

    So, if it costs me 10p/min to call another UK number but 50p/min to call Germany from the UK. If I go to Germany it will still cost me 10p/min to call the UK and 50p/min to call Germany.

    (I think).

    Edit: that's just what the new rules say must happen. Obviously your provider can give you a better deal than that if they want to.

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