Using phone in the European Union is set to get cheaper
New EU rules mean using your phone on holiday in EU countries will cost far less – and in 2017 prices are set to drop further.
Using your smartphone during a European holiday is set to become cheaper thanks to changes by the EU that come into force on April 30.
The cost of making calls, sending texts and using the internet on your phone within the European Union drops on April 30th following an agreement made in 2015 to abolish roaming charges.
When you use your phone abroad you leave your home network and use another. This is called ‘roaming’.
Previously, roaming charges have varied considerably depending on the country you are in and the network you are using.
Data costs in particular have been higher than at home. So doing things such as updating Facebook, searching Google Maps and checking email has led to unexpectedly steep bills for some people – what’s been called ‘bill shock’.
Prices are set to drop further next year. On June 15, 2017 roaming charges in the EU will disappear altogether and it will cost the same to use your phone abroad as on your home network.
Remember the price drop only applies if you are travelling in the European Union, so if you are visiting other places like the US, Asia or Australia, make sure you check the charges before you go.