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.
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.
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.
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.