EE brings back holiday phone roaming charges in the EU today – how to lower bill

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EE customers will have to pay £2 per day to make calls or use data while holidaying in the EU. But how can British customers reduce fees?

The major network originally planned to reintroduce roaming charges in January but delayed it until March 3.

Mobile firms had been banned from charging customers extra roaming fees to use their phone in the EU.

However, since the Brexit transition period ended, the rule no longer applies and networks can apply fees.

Customers who joined or upgraded with EE after July 7, 2021 will be affected by the roaming charges.

The roaming charges will apply to people holidaying in 47 countries and only people on specific roaming tariffs such as ‘Smart’ and ‘Full Works’ won’t pay the charges.

Vodafone already reintroduced fees in January and also charges customers £2 per day for roaming.

All Vodafone customers who took out a contract after August 21 in 2021 will be subject to the charges.

Three is set to bring back roaming charges from May 23 and will also charge customers £2 per day.

O2 has set a new limit on data in the EU and customers who use more than 25GB a month will be charged £3.50 per GB of extra data.

However, there are a few ways that EE customers can save money on holidays in the EU this year.

Existing EE customers won’t be charged roaming fees until they sign up to a new deal or renew a contract.

Customers who have updated their deal since July 7, 2021 could cut costs by purchasing a roaming pass.

EE customers can pay £10 for a 30 day ‘Roam Abroad Pass’ which will be cheaper than two pounds per day if customers are spending more than five days abroad.

Many cafes and restaurants also offer free wifi and customers could save money by using wifi instead.

Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at told The Mirror: “When it comes to travelling, don’t leave it until the last minute to check the roaming charges for your destination.

“Use hotel and cafe Wifi when on holiday where possible, ensuring any public access points are safe and secure when logging on.”

Roaming charges will apply in 47 countries around the world for British EE customers.

  1. Austria
  2. Azores
  3. Belgium
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Croatia
  6. Cyprus (higher fees apply to those who connect to a Turkish network)
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Canary Islands
  9. Denmark
  10. Estonia
  11. Finland
  12. France
  13. French Guiana Guyana
  14. Germany
  15. Gibraltar
  16. Greece
  17. Guadeloupe
  18. Guernsey
  19. Hungary
  20. Iceland
  21. Ireland
  22. Isle of Man
  23. Italy
  24. Jersey
  25. Latvia
  26. Liechtenstein
  27. Lithuania
  28. Luxembourg
  29. Malta
  30. Martinique
  31. Mayotte
  32. Monaco
  33. Netherlands
  34. Norway
  35. Poland
  36. Portugal (including Madeira)
  37. Reunion Islands
  38. Romania
  39. San Marino
  40. Saint Martin (France)
  41. Saint Barthelemy
  42. Slovakia
  43. Slovenia
  44. Spain (including Canary Islands)
  45. Sweden
  46. Switzerland
  47. Vatican City (Italy)

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