Networks that could reduce travel costs in Europe, from Vodafone to O2, Three and BT
EE became the first mobile network to announce that it is reintroducing roaming charges in Europe, following the UK’s exit from the EU.
It has been illegal for networks to charge UK customers roaming charges since 2017, under EU law. However, they no longer have to follow this post-Brexit law.
So far, the main UK operators have hinted that they will not reinstate the charges without fully committing.
However, EE’s change of mind could lead others to follow suit.
How will EE roaming charges work?
Customers joining the network or upgrading from July 7 will need to pay £ 2 per day to use their monthly data allowances while visiting European destinations, from January 2022.
This will apply to all EU countries except the Republic of Ireland.
Ernest Doku, spokesperson for price comparison site USwitch, said: “Following Brexit, the UK’s biggest mobile providers have all said they have no plans to change in the immediate future their pricing models for consumers roaming within the EU.
“It is extremely disappointing for consumers to see this situation change so quickly.
“EE says this move will support investment in its UK-based services, but ultimately it is a step backwards for consumers.
“Unfortunately, when a supplier makes such a bold move, it may mean others are following them, so we’ll be watching what O2, Vodafone and Three do next.”
What other networks could reintroduce roaming charges?
O2 has already announced plans to add a ‘fair use’ data cap, charging customers in Europe who exceed their monthly allowance of 25GB of data £ 3.50 for every GB of data used.
No other major network is currently considering reinstating roaming charges.
However, EE is part of the BT group, which means BT Mobile customers could see the fees reintroduced if the whole company decides to take the same approach.