Vodafone has followed EE and become the second UK mobile phone company to bring back roaming charges in Europe.
From 6th January, Vodafone will charge to use your existing minutes and data allowance in Europe.
The changes are outlined on the Vodafone website here in a press release euphemistically entitled ‘a fairer way to charge for roaming in Europe’.
The charges will be:
- £2 per day (the same as EE charges)
- £8 for an 8-day bundle
- £15 for a 15-day bundle
Data will be capped at 25GB per month for those on unlimited data plans, which will make it harder to do very lengthy streaming sessions whilst away.
If you are currently under contract with Vodafone, the charge will not begin until your contract is renewed. Some of Vodafone’s more expensive monthly ‘Xtra’ packages will include European roaming, in the same way that they currently including roaming in countries such as the US.
The new rules will come into effect on 6th January for all Vodafone contracts, new or upgraded, agreed from 11th August. This gives you a couple of days to upgrade your plan if you wish.
O2 has said that it has no plans to reintroduce roaming charges but is introducing a ‘fair use’ cap of 25GB per month in the EU, with additional charges for any usage above this level.
Under the Brexit trade agreement, it was stated that the UK and EU would “co-operate on promoting transparent and reasonable rates” for mobile charges but no guarantees were made on roaming charges. At the time, the four major UK mobile networks said that they had no intention to introduce roaming charges which may have influenced the Government in deciding not to push for including it in law.
Rhys did a full comparison of the roaming packages offered by the major networks in this article, although the Vodafone information is now out of date following this announcement.