I’m not in my home country and I need to make a call to Stockholm or tweet from Tallinn…not a problem. There are no extra charges for using my phone abroad in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway – although mobile operators in Finland, Lithuania and Estonia still apply very small roaming fees. I can make calls, send texts and use data, and it’ll cost me the same as at home. Staying in touch when travelling is easier than ever before!
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the end of roaming charges
MY PHONE. MY LIFE.
Call, text and use data at no extra cost when exploring the EU
I can’t stop texting, so it’s good news that – in most cases – I can get the same allowance of calls, texts and data as at home. For some contracts, especially those that include unlimited data, there may be a limit to my data usage without a roaming fee while travelling (but it should be more than enough to feed my social media habits).
My bags are packed, I’ve got my passport, so how do I activate Roam Like at Home? The short answer is – I don’t! The EU requires mobile operators to include it automatically in my service package so whether I travel to Latvia or Luxembourg, my phone is ready to use.
The cost of using a mobile phone has fallen sharply since 1998, thanks to the EU ending phone company monopolies, and as a result of more operators coming on to the market. So, my calls are getting longer but my bills are shrinking.
How it works
In June 2017, the EU passed new regulations ending the age of roaming charges – meaning that whether I’m abroad on holiday or travelling for work, I can use my phone wherever I am in the EU at no extra cost. It’s now included in every roaming phone contract – no matter the operator.
Did you know
The increase in the volume of roaming data between 2008 and 2015.
of individuals aged between 16 and 74 used a mobile device to connect to the internet while on the move in 2016.
If I spend more time and use my phone more abroad than in my home country over a period of 4 months, then my operator may contact me to discuss my usage, potentially applying small surcharges. These surcharges are up to 3.2 cents per minute for calls, 1 cent per SMS and 0.6 cent per megabyte of data, down to 0.25 cent per megabyte by 2022.
of European citizens believe that they will personally benefit from the end of roaming charges.
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