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Vodafone allows UK customers to use 4G in more worldwide destinations

Friday, October 23rd 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Vodafone has further expanded the list of countries where customers can roam on 4G networks.

The company has added eight worldwide destinations, including the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Kenya (pictured), Morocco and the UAE, meaning customers can use 4G in a total of 71 destinations worldwide.

Vodafone’s latest announcement comes after it added Albania, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Jordan and Mauritus to the list in July.

The operator’s customers can opt into Vodafone EuroTraveller or Vodafone WorldTraveller, whether on 4G or not, in more than 60 destinations across the world, allowing them to use their UK minutes texts and data for a set daily charge.

The programmes mean anyone on a Vodafone Red bundle – which includes unlimited calls and texts – can call or text home without worrying about unexpected bills, Vodafone said.

It also means data costs the same while abroad as at home, it said. Large businesses can also use Vodafone Business Traveller, which means customers on Business Freedom plans will pay the same as they do in the UK for calls texts and data for a charge of £3 a day.

The option applies when using their phone anywhere in Vodafone’s Europe Zone, and rises to £6 a day in popular business destinations such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA.

Cable.co.uk previously reported that a survey by Worldsim showed that more than half of Britons don’t use their phone or tablet outside the UK for fear of being hit with huge roaming charges.

The poll from the international network specialist earlier this year suggested that 52% of Brits don’t use their mobile devices abroad, while 26% search for the nearest wi-fi hotspot to avoid incurring expensive data charges.

More than a quarter (26%) said they often ended up paying more than they need, because of a lack of education about how data plans work abroad, while 15% said they were often stung by extra charges because they do not understand jargon like ‘data roaming’.

But roaming will soon be a thing of the past for many travellers, after the European Commission announced that charges will be scrapped by June 2017.

A deal between the commission, the European Council and the European Parliament will see roaming charges cease to exist in the EU as of 15 June 2017.

Before then, charges will also become cheaper from April 2016, with operators restricted to surcharges up to €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 per text message, and €0.05 per MB of data.

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