Martin Lewis warns travellers as mobile data roaming mistake could cost £6 a day

Holidays are back on – but a lot has changed since a pre-Brexit and coronavirus life.

Travelling isn't the same as before as Brits could be stung by mobile roaming costs for only using a minute of data abroad.

Mobile firms were previously banned from charging extra fees to use your UK allowance while holidaying in the EU.

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Now this no longer applies as the Brexit transition is over with many major providers reintroducing roaming costs again.

Millions of families could now face an additional fee while travelling abroad, on top of the cost of living crisis.

Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, warned Brits to be aware after a report was published about the charge.

EE describes a daily use in the EU as anything up to 11:59 UK time, the same day.

So if you sign up at 11:58pm, you would only get a minute's worth of data for your money.

Vodafone charges £2 for 24 hours from first use in the EU, but it's £6 for roaming in the rest of the world which ends at 11:59pm.

Three customers are charged £2 a day which is also 24 hours from first use.

The phone provider also offers £5 a day data passport for unlimited data in the UK and 89 places, but only up to 11:59pm UK time.

Virgin Media O2 is the only network still offering roaming at no extra cost, although its "fair use" policy has changed.

This caps the amount of UK data allowance you can use for free while roaming in Europe.

Mobile firms were allowed to set up the "fair use" caps before Brexit.

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Martin said: "I've no faith in mobile firms to self-regulate.

"When we left the EU, they promised not to reintroduce European roaming charges. Most of the networks have broken that promise.

"We need to ban a daily roaming fee charged for use 'up to 11.59pm' without even mentioning in which time zone."

"We recommend all providers must define a roaming 'day' as a 24-hour period from first use, clearly explain that in the arrival text."

The MSE founder believes customers need to know at least an hour before the daily charges end.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: "We are currently considering the options for future roaming protections for customers.

"We're looking at the risk of consumer harm and how to best protect customers in this area.

"We will take these findings into account as part of this process."

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