You can still avoid new EE roaming charges, but you’ll need to act quickly – .

You can still avoid new EE roaming charges, but you’ll need to act quickly – .

EE will resuscitate roaming charges in the EU from January next year. For those who forgot, these dreaded charges applied whenever you visited a foreign country and used your mobile data to send WhatsApp messages, make video calls, check Google Maps, post on Facebook, and more. To avoid the extra charges, many would immediately turn off mobile data as soon as their aircraft landed – jumping between free Wi-Fi networks to check in periodically.

Roaming charges when traveling between European countries were abolished by the European Commission in 2017. Unfortunately, the ability to use your calls, SMS and mobile data for free when traveling in Europe was not included in the agreement on Boris Johnson’s Brexit. And so, mobile networks are now able to reintroduce the feared additional costs. And that’s exactly what EE did.
EE confirmed this week that from January 2022 some customers will be required to pay £ 2 per day to be able to use their 4G or 5G data, calls and texts in Europe. This means that a fortnight’s stay in Spain could cost an additional £ 28 for each member of your party. Ouch.

Fortunately, there is a workaround to avoid the costs.

The resurrected EE roaming costs in the EU will only affect those who join EE after July 7, 2021. If you are an existing customer and sign up for a new contract or SIM agreement only after this deadline , you are considered a new customer – so you will also have to face additional costs.

So if you are already in the business and stick to your current plan, you can leave without worrying about having to pay a dime more. But as soon as you decide to switch to a new smartphone, subscribe to a new SIM offer only to get better terms… you are going to have roaming charges in the EU again.
If you’re already at the end of your contract and want to take advantage of some of EE’s best SIM-only deals right now, or maybe upgrade to a newer smartphone, you better act quickly. Getting everything signed, sealed and delivered by July 7, 2021 means you can get the best of both worlds – a new deal with better perks or a shiny new smartphone, while still having that smooth, sweet European roaming free.
It is not worth anything that EE has not clarified whether customers of existing contracts will be able to enjoy free roaming indefinitely. However, if you have a trip planned for early 2022 and don’t want to pay extra for data, existing customers are sure to benefit from free roaming in the EU when the program first launches.

Of course, it is also possible to avoid EE roaming costs in the EU by changing networks as well.

Three, O2, and Vodafone all offer customers a free franchise when traveling. If you reach this limit, additional charges may apply. However, these allowances are quite generous – the lowest is 12GB – so it’s perfectly possible to spend a week abroad streaming music, checking Google Maps, texting in WhatsApp or iMessage, and stay away from the limit.


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