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Vodafone follows EE in bringing back mobile roaming charges in Europe

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Vodafone has followed EE and become the second UK mobile phone company to bring back roaming charges in Europe.

We covered EE’s introduction of roaming charges here.

From 6th January, Vodafone will charge to use your existing minutes and data allowance in Europe.

Vodafone introduces EU roaming charges

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of the roaming packages offered by the major networks in this article, although the Vodafone information is now out of date following this announcement.

You can read more on the Vodafone website here. The detailed pricing data is here.

Comments (250)

  • Tom says:

    Brexit means Brexit. The ‘winning’ will continue as long as election outcomes favor these types.

    • flyforfun says:

      Brexit means taking back control – for the ultra wealthy with tax breaks and shelters everywhere (cough Dyson cough).

      The amount of issues its caused in a just a few months for me:
      -Medicines unavailable because of Brexit supply and border issues.
      -New car delayed at the border, price rises for those who bought from Jan 1 to cope with increased costs.
      -delays of surgical medical devices because of border issues meaning hospital surgeries cancelled and patients waiting longer.
      -Warehouse staff that never had to fil out customs forms needing to do so. Volume so great an extra head count is required just for the paperwork.
      -Repurposing internal systems to move medical devices across the channel. Stock being turned away at the border if paperwork not right.
      -Northern Ireland is a hot bed of special issues with customers based in Ireland but having ship-to’s in NI causing billing issues. Extra work for finance and legal to sort this out.

      These are not teething issues. The UK hasn’t even started it’s inward good checking yet! These are increased costs that need to be passed on to the consumer and health service. Frictionless trade is a lie. Brexit is a lie. The fallout will continue for years as people slowly wake up to being conned about it. Or the older generation die off and the younger generation take us back in.

      Vodaphone is the continuation of the ripping off of the British public. Lets see if 3 stay true and keep free roaming. I’m happy with them as they seem to work fine in the areas I go to.

      • J says:

        I fear the proposed Australian trade deal kills of any chance of us re-joining the single market in my lifetime. No way the EU would allow those agriculture standards free access into their market.

      • Fenny says:

        I’m pretty sure you don’t need to convince anyone here.

  • Mikeact says:

    I thought that one of the issues with 3, was that overseas, while you can use it ‘like at home ‘, it doesn’t include local calls…so on the road it’s extra to call the hotel up ahead for a night.

    • flyforfun says:

      And if you were at home in the UK and called a hotel in another country, you would be charged, just “like at home”.

      • Mikeact says:

        I know that, but travelling around eg Australia, I can make local calls at no extra cost ? I think not, but happy to be corrected.

  • Mikeact says:

    @fklyforfun. Sorry to read that you are feeling so bitter and twisted and are unable to move on.
    Of course, first and foremost this is a travel blog with today’s topic ‘Vodafone’ which has inevitably brought up Brexit, once again.
    So, I would be interested to know your thoughts as to how we arrived at a majority vote for Brexit. Who would you like to point the finger(s) at ?
    *The Big Red bus,
    *Labour sitting on the fence
    *Younger ones not voting
    *The older generation who’ve been through thick and thin
    *The media
    The list goes on.
    Of course, if you really cannot cope you could always move into the EU. Ireland is not too far away and they speak fluent English . But hang on to your NHS card..might be useful to come back for heart surgery as time goes by.

  • Mikeact says:

    I always thought of the older generation as 70+, but now I’m not sure….pensionable age or is there some official age spelt out somewhere ? Whatever, I guess you’re pointing the finger at that generation for our Brexit issues.

    • J says:

      “Whatever, I guess you’re pointing the finger at that generation for our Brexit issues.” – Not at all, quite the reach to get that from my comment.

      Just that there is sometimes a bit of an obsession amongst certain (younger) older folks to assume their generation went through a lot of economic hardship when they were younger and that modern generations have it a lot easier – when the numbers don’t bear that out.

  • Danny says:

    Amazing how much vitriol this subject (Brexit) still brings, when the article was about the phone companies going back on their intentions and screwing the average person on their holiday! Hugely unimpressed with EE and Vodafone, not least because I have an apartment in Spain at which I use a roaming SIM card for internet, but more because they’ve been pretty disingenuous about their plans and it will impact anyone who goes on holiday to Europe. Just poor – needs some lobbying and shaming I think!!

  • NFH says:

    Don’t forget what Dominic Raab said about this subject in 2018: https://twitter.com/monicabeharding/status/1425123673690759170

  • Jonny Price says:

    Let’s be honest – there is a cost to these businesses when their customers use their phones abroad and, understandably, they want to recoup these costs and make a profit. When EU law meant they could not charge any extra for roaming, consumers still covered the costs somehow – it was just baked into other charges, such as higher line rentals. So it isn’t quite true that roaming has ever been “free” in the EU. Brexit just gives the operators the freedom to unbundle roaming fees again.

    • NFH says:

      The domestic retail price charged by UK networks covers the wholesale cost for roaming in most cases. There is no need for UK networks to surcharge for roaming in EEA countries, and in many non-EEA countries. So it’s a false argument that the wholesale costs merit roaming surcharges.

      You are right that roaming has never been free. In most cases, one has to pay a domestic price to roam. Whilst it might be surcharge-free, it is not free. There are very limited exceptions to this. For example, Three gives me 200MB per month on a Data Reward SIM, which I can use when roaming in 30 EEA countries and 27 non-EEA countries. This is completely free roaming.

  • Charlie says:

    I guess brexiters are those who are too wealthy to care about paying more on their mobile bills and those who can’t afford holidays in EU countries.

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