What does EE’s Europe roaming costs mean for my phone bill?
What are the implications of EE’s Europe roaming fees on my phone bill?
EE, the first major UK mobile network to do so, will charge customers who fly to Europe again.
Free roaming was established in June 2017 while the UK was still a member of the EU, allowing people to use a portion of their existing package in other European countries without incurring additional charges.
Operators may reintroduce fees as a result of Brexit, however the main four – EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone – have stated that they have no plans to do so.
We explain what the change in your cell bill means when you travel overseas.
Who is going to be affected?
Customers who join EE after July 7 will be charged a price for data usage, phone calls, and text messages.
Existing customers are not charged, but anyone who upgrades and renews their contract on the same date will be (so if your contract ends and you leave it rolling and unchanged, you will not fall under the new rules).
The levies, however, will not go into effect until January 2022.
How much will it set you back?
You will be charged a fixed fee of £2 per day to utilize your full EE data, minutes, and text allowance when traveling to affected EU countries.
A 30-day Roam Abroad Pass may be less priced depending on how long you wish to go.
The pass costs £10 for those on an Essential plan, but it’s free for those on a Smart or Full Works plan if they add it before they leave.
This can be done through text message or through the Smart Benefits section of the My EE app; for further information, visit EE’s website.
What countries are included?
The taxes will apply to 47 European sites, with the exception of the Republic of Ireland.
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