EE will revive EU roaming charges from January next year. For those who forgot, these dreaded fees came up every time you visited a foreign country and used your mobile data to send WhatsApp messages, make video calls, check Google Maps, post on Facebook, and more more. To avoid the additional costs, many people would turn off their mobile data as soon as their plane landed – jumping back and forth between the free Wi-Fi networks to check in regularly.
Roaming charges for travel between European countries were abolished by the European Commission in 2017. Unfortunately, Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal lacked the ability to use telephone, SMS and mobile data volume free of charge when traveling through Europe. And so the mobile networks can now reintroduce the dreaded additional costs. And that’s exactly what EE did.
EE confirmed this week that from January 2022, some customers will be forced to pay £ 2 a day to use their 4G or 5G data, calls and SMS in Europe. This means that a fortnightly stay in Spain can cost an additional £ 28 for each member of your group. Yikes
Fortunately, there is a small workaround to avoid the cost.
EE’s resurrected EU roaming costs will only hit those who join EE after July 7, 2021. If you are an existing customer and conclude a new contract or a SIM-only offer after this period, you will be considered a new customer – so you will also have to expect additional costs.
So, if you’re already at the company and sticking to your current plan, you can hit the road without worrying about being charged a penny extra. But as soon as you decide to upgrade to a new smartphone, sign up for a new SIM-only offer for better terms … you have EU roaming charges again.
If you are already at the end of your contract and are currently using some of the great SIM-only offers from EE or perhaps want to upgrade to a newer smartphone, you should act quickly. If you get everything signed, sealed and delivered before July 7th, 2021 you can get the best of both worlds – a new contract with better perks or a shiny new smartphone while still keeping that sweet, sweet free EU roaming .
It’s worth nothing that EE hasn’t made it clear whether customers with existing contracts can enjoy unlimited free roaming. However, if you have planned a trip for early 2022 and do not want to pay additional data for data, existing customers will definitely benefit from free EU roaming with the introduction of the system.
Of course, it is also possible to avoid EE’s EU roaming costs by switching networks.
Three, O2 and Vodafone offer customers a free travel budget. If you reach this limit, additional fees may apply. However, these allowances are pretty generous – the lowest is 12 GB – so it’s entirely possible to spend a week abroad, streaming music, checking Google Maps, sending texts in WhatsApp or iMessage and not nearly reaching the limit come.