EU Roaming Charges Are Going To Be Scrapped This Week
Good news, everybody! As of 15 June, roaming charges will be scrapped for UK mobile phone users on holiday in the EU.
Yup, that means you'll be able to use your phone while on holiday in the EU for no extra cost. Nice.
As the UK gears up for Brexit negotiations, it's unsure if this will be the case in the future. But for this summer at least, you can use your usual allowance of data, texts and calls while in the EU.
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, the EU lawmaker who set up the rates, called the move 'goodbye roaming', making it cheaper and easier to stay in touch wherever you are. Or use Tinder while you're in Magaluf.
There is one potential catch, though. If you're on a very cheap deal, you could still be hit with charges.
Alex Neill, from Which?, said: "Many will reap the benefits of these changes and will no longer be put off from making calls abroad.
"However, it is important that you take a close look at what is or isn't included in your current mobile deal.
"Not knowing what's included could lead to some surprising charges on your next bill."
Bring your groupchat on holiday with you. Credit: PA
According to Moneysupermarket.com, if you're lucky enough to have a super-cheap tariff, you may be hit with a cap. The maximum charge will be £7.80/GB, and there's a formula you can use to work out if it will affect you.
To work out if you could be charged, divide the price of your monthly phone bill (excluding VAT) by your monthly data allowance in GB.
If it's less than £7.80 you may be charged.
To work out how much you might be charged, divide your monthly phone bill (again, excluding VAT) by £7.80 and multiply that by two. That confusing enough for you?
If all of that just made your head hurt, you can ring your service provider and ask them. I'll probably just do that.
Also, this doesn't make a difference to the price you'll pay when calling abroad from the UK, so be careful there.
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