Using your phone abroad in Europe this summer will be massively cheaper than before
April 30th, 2016 represents a momentous date for British tourists holidaying in Europe.
After this date, Brits can holiday in Europe safe in the knowledge that when we return home, the memories and relaxation of a lovely holiday won’t be ruined by a letter from our mobile network informing us that we have used the precious commodity of “data” on our holidays, and as such have a whopping great bill to pay.
Ahead of being phased out completely in the summer of 2017, mobile roaming charges have been drastically reduced and capped by the European Commission, as of the end of April. Charges for calls, texts and that historic mobile network cash-cow – checking the weather back home via your mobile’s Internet, will now only lead to an additional fee of around 25% on top of what you would pay for using your mobile domestically.
Whilst these long-overdue price reductions may be cause for a few more summer sangrias, we could probably also pay a hefty chunk towards flights for our annual holidays as well, if we weren’t collectively paying hundreds of millions more than we need to for our mobile phone contracts.
Don’t waste hundreds paying for a mobile phone you already own
At Onedox, we’ve found that approximately 60% of out of contract customers can save an average of £240 a year if they moved to a SIM-only deal.*