While the European Parliament has renewed its “roam like at home” policy for 10 years, three of the four major UK mobile operators plan to reintroduce the roaming fees for their customers traveling to Europe as an aftermath of Brexit.
Therefore, UK travellers will have to pay fees just to use their mobile phone within Europe. To avoid data roaming charges, UK Travellers may have to purchase an alternative eSIM data plan when travelling abroad.
Vodafone, EE and Three have recently announced their decision to reinstate roaming fees for their consumers traveling within Europe. Customers on their newest mobile plans will have to pay £2 a day to use their monthly allowance in the EU (call, SMS, data), with the possibility to activate roaming passes to reduce these charges.
Currently, O2 and Virgin Mobile remain two of the major UK operators not charging its consume for EU roaming. It chose to instead to impose a “fair use” charge if customers use more than their data allowance to a maximum of 25GB, charging £3.5 per GB when the allowance is exceeded.
With these additional fees imminent for many UK mobile operators, many UK travellers have begun to pay for an eSIM data plan. Travellers purchase these low-cost eSim data plans in order to use call, SMS, or use data when abroad.
These eSIM data plans cost significantly less than the roaming fees put in place by UK mobile providers, even with a roaming pass activated.
Estimating that 8 days of Data Roaming on an eSIM data plans costs roughly £8 pounds. Whereas 8 days on the standard mobile operator roaming fees would amount to roughly £16 pounds.
These eSIM data plans are compatible with smartphones, tablets and a number of laptops. An eSim data plan allows you to call, send SMS, photos, videos via communication applications (such as WhatsApp.) Moreover, the eSIM can be used to connect tablets and laptops too, which can be handy for trips with families or for business trips.
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