EE joins O2 and brings back EU roaming charges for millions of customers

EE joins O2 and brings back EU roaming charges for millions of customers

June 24, 2021

EE has announced that it will bring back roaming charges for using a mobile phone in the EU.

It follows a similar revelation from O2 yesterday while another network, Three, has said it will halve its free data allowances when abroad.

From January next year, EE will introduce a flat fee of £2 a day when visiting 47 destinations in Europe.

The fee will cover use of data, minutes and text allowances of the contract you're on.

The fee will apply to new customers who join the network from July 7, and existing customers who upgrade after this date.

The new charge will then apply to them when travelling to one of the countries from January 2022.

Where in Europe will EE charge the new fee?

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus*
  • Czech Republic
  • Canary Islands
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal (including Madeira)
  • Reunion Islands
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saint Martin (French)
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (including Canary Islands)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City (Italy).

The charges will not apply when travelling to the Republic of Ireland.

Separately, Three has revealed that from July 1 its fair use limit for data while in the EU will reduce from 20GB per month to 12GB.

O2 told its customers yesterday that they will be billed £3.50 for every gigabyte of data used above a 25Gb limit this summer.

In its email to customers, O2 said that the "changes to our roaming fair usage policy" would begin from August 2.

Mobile providers promised at the start of the year that they would not bring back roaming charges for Brits travelling abroad.

Roaming charges were scrapped under EU rules introduced in 2014, meaning Brits could travel throughout Europe and not pay extra for calls, texts and data.

All main providers pledged that they would not reintroduce the charges at the start of this year after Britain left the EU.

We've also asked Vodafone, Sky Mobile, BT, Virgin Mobile and Tesco Mobile if they are bringing back roaming charges and will update this story when we hear back.

Terms of the Brexit trade deal did not include any provision to continue the ban on roaming charges, only encouraging operators to have "transparent and reasonable rates".

More to follow…

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