Vodafone is Bringing Back European Roaming Charges – What Happens Next?
It was always going to happen at some point – to some extent. Some mobile users in the UK are now facing up to the fact that Brexit means the return of the dreaded roaming costs in Europe. According to recent reports in the media, new Vodafone customers are set to face the brunt of […]
It was always going to happen at some point – to some extent. Some mobile users in the UK are now facing up to the fact that Brexit means the return of the dreaded roaming costs in Europe. According to recent reports in the media, new Vodafone customers are set to face the brunt of international calls, texts and data usage while abroad.
For some time, roaming costs disappeared for many British phone users exploring Europe. However, Brexit appears to have changed all that – and Vodafone just happens to be the latest in the line of networks who will be expecting travellers to start paying once again.
Vodafone Makes The News
August’s announcement from Vodafone has left plenty of people with a bitter taste in their mouths. That’s largely thanks to the fact that the carrier had previously stated they would not be charging their customers for roaming in Europe after Brexit. However, it seems that plans have changed.
However, the changes may not apply to all customers. Media reports suggest that a £2 per day fee will apply, in the short term, should new or upgrading customers wish to use their Vodafone tariffs and allowances in wider Europe. This may not be that big a consolation – especially if you’ve had your eyes on a Vodafone handset for some time.
However, Vodafone isn’t the only carrier bringing these charges back. EE recently stated that it would be reintroducing fees for roaming, too – and with travel opening up incrementally following pandemic lockdowns, travellers will be expected to shell out en masse.
Are They The Only Networks to Charge for These Fees?
Two of the other bigger networks, according to the Guardian article linked at the top of this report, are taking a little bit of a different approach.
Three, for example, are establishing what they refer to as fair use. Fair use, under the network’s guidance, means that they will allow you to use data at no additional cost within a reasonable limit. Right now, that means 12GB per month in Europe – a slice downwards of around a third.
O2 is taking a similar line. Their roaming limits stretch to 25GB, with charges of £3.50 per GB kicking in if you exceed this. It is interesting to see that networks are striving to take different lines on a very complex issue.
Why Is This Happening?
For years, the rules regarding UK citizens and roaming charges in the European Union fell within the Single Market. Brexit renegotiated much of what we already know – and while the untangling of EU rules following Brexit has taken a bit of a back seat to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that much of the red tape untangling is starting to impact everyday life.
There could be several reasons why roaming charges are starting to creep back in otherwise – carriers have costs to cover, and with the opportunity for money to be made on data roaming abroad – to balance the costs of partnering with foreign carriers – it might make business sense.
However, for many people aiming to travel into Europe in the months to come, it will mean that they may need to budget for any longer journeys or trips they had planned. Hopefully, the charges creeping into play won’t make things too difficult for people to keep in touch.
There is also the fact that unless you are in contract, you are not tied to any given network. If you feel that one mobile carrier has a better deal on roaming than another, you are of course free to jump ship!
Are International Calls Going to Be Expensive Forever?
At Call Center, we feel that companies charging over the odds for international and roaming calls and texts – data, too – is an outdated measure. The world is shrinking, and with plenty of us needing to keep in touch with family and friends abroad, why should it still be so expensive for us to connect?
Call Center is offering a fantastic opportunity to help cut the cost of international calls. Instead of adding pricey boosters or the full rate for dialling international numbers from the UK, all you have to do is follow our cut-price prefix system.
We’re pleased to cover many different territories – simply check with your mobile carrier that you’re covered for our prefixes, and you can start calling and texting the people you love who are far away from you – for less!
Roaming fees are never any fun – but if we can help you by cutting the cost of calling overseas from Britain, we will.