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5 best mobile networks for roaming in June 2017

Wednesday, June 21st 2017

Due to a recent change in regulations, you will no longer be charged extra to use your mobile phone in Europe. So, if you’re heading off on holiday or a business trip soon, you will be able to use it abroad much as you do at home, without any additional roaming costs.

However, there are some caveats. This new ruling only applies to Europe - you will still be charged if you travel further afield. Plus, you may find that your data usage is set at a lower rate, and that you are not permitted to use your UK package abroad indefinitely.

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Three

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

When it comes to international roaming, Three offers a feature called Feel At Home that lets you use your UK plan's allowance (or add-on if you’re a pay-as-you-go customer) within 60 destinations, meaning you can call or text the UK and get online as you would at home, at no extra cost.

You can Go Roam in these destinations regardless of whether you are a Pay Monthly or PAYG customer or whether you are using a tablet, a phone, mobile Wi-fi or a dongle. On PAYG in Europe, data usage above 12GB is subjected to a small surcharge. In Feel at Home desinations beyond Europe, Pay Monthly data usage is capped at 12GB and PAYG at 9GB.

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O2

O2

Pay monthly, Pay-as-you-go

  • Non-EU calls
    £4.99 per day
  • Non-EU texts
    £4.99 per day
  • Non-EU data
    £4.99 per day

O2 offers free roaming in Europe for all its Pay Monthly customers. In selected destinations outside Europe, you will be charged £4.99 per day, and in Turkey £3.99 per day. For the full list of countries covered, visit O2's website.

Pay-As-You-Go customers get 100MB of data in Europe only for £1.99 per day. All calls cost 4p per minute, and it costs 1p per text message. Calls and texts received are free. Media messages cost the same as in the UK.

To get started you just need to text O2TRAVEL to 23336. You will only be charged on the days you use your phone abroad.

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iD mobile

iD mobile

Pay monthly

  • Non-EU calls
    From free
  • Non-EU texts
    From free
  • Non-EU data
    From free

As per the new regulations, iD offers free roaming across the Europe Zone and beyond, meaning you can keep in touch with your family and friends at no extra cost.

There are no add-ons for elsewhere in the world unfortunately, but standard rates are pretty competitive for calls and texts and you can check out the full list online.

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EE

EE

EE Extra pay monthly plans with roaming

  • Non-EU calls
    From free
  • Non-EU texts
    From free
  • Non-EU data
    Data add-on required

As per the new EU roaming regulations, you can use your UK allowance of exs, miinutes and data in the 50 Europe Zone countries. Outside that area, you can choose an add-on. For £4 per day you receive 500MB of data, and for £5 per day, you will get unlimited texts and calls. Just text TRAVEL to 150 either before you go or once you are abroad to activate. Check EE's website for the full list of countries and prices.

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Vodafone

Vodafone

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 offers free roaming as per the new EU regulations in 50 destinations in Europe and beyond on all Pay Monthly plans. In a further 60 destinations, for £5 per day you can also use your UK allowance of minutes, texts and data with Vodafone Global Roaming.

For a full list of rates, check the Vodafone website.

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