It’s important to know about the changes to data roaming rules since the UK has left the EU, especially when you want to keep in touch with everyone back home – and make them envious with all those poolside pics. Holidays are a time for relaxing, and we don’t want you coming back to any nasty surprises on your phone bill. That’s why we’ve rounded up everything you need to know for the networks we’re partnered with in this handy guide. We’ll take you through what data roaming is, which networks are still free, and how much it’ll cost you if there are any new charges.
What is data roaming?
Data roaming is a feature you can turn on to access your usual minutes, messages and data allowance when you’re abroad. Because it can’t connect to your normal network, your phone searches for a local one it can link up to instead. So, every time you text, call, or use data on your phone abroad, you’re ‘roaming’. This can sometimes come with extra charges, but don’t worry, we’ll explain exactly what this means for you.
What are data roaming charges?
Up until the end of 2020, anyone in the UK could use their phones in the EU just like they did at home, with no extra charges. But since leaving the EU, most networks have introduced charges, so there could be some new costs for using your phone abroad.
What does my network charge for data roaming in the EU?
What does my network charge for data roaming outside of the EU?
Whichever network you’re with, it’s always best to make sure you’ve checked your tariff before jetting off, just so there aren’t any unwanted surprises.
Should data roaming be on or off?
It’s completely up to you. If you’re happy with your network’s roaming plan (and potential charges) that we’ve covered above, and you’re going to be calling, texting or using your data then simply turn it on. And when you’re done, or just don’t want to use data roaming at all, then make sure it’s turned off, so you don’t accidentally use up your allowance or rack up any extra costs.
Don’t forget, you’ve always got the option of swapping SIMs while you’re away to save some extra pennies on your hols. We’ve got plenty of plans to choose from to help you find a deal that works for you, and if you want to use a different network just for your trip away, you can even buy a 1-month SIM. Just remember to make sure your phone is unlocked for any network first.
Shop 1-month SIM only plans here.