What is Data Roaming and How is it Changing?

Most of us love to do a bit of Facebook bragging when we are on holiday, especially the famous hotdog leg shot! However, we’ve seen it all too often in the news, holidaymakers returning home from there well deserved break to huge phone bills.

This can happen because smartphones automatically update when they connect to networks abroad, so before you know it, you are already racking up a huge bill before you step foot out of the airport.

What is Data Roaming?

Data roaming is a term used for using the internet when you are abroad. This is because your mobile will roam to find another network, so that you are still able to connect and use the internet when you are out of the country.

Who has decided to scrap these charges?

Members of the European Parliament have voted to scrap roaming charges. This will come into effect on the 15th June 2017.

This means that from 15th June 2017, whenever you visit Europe, you will pay the same price to use data, make calls, and text messages just the same as you do at home in the UK.

How Do I Prevent High Bills in the Mean Time?

Make sure you switch off your data roaming when you are visiting another country, unless of course you absolutely need it. If you are not sure how to do this, have a look at our easy step by step guide.  You can take advantage of free Wi-Fi were possible, this can often be found in hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants.

If you do need to use your phone whilst abroad, some network providers can offer you an “add on” package, this could help to reduce costly bills, however you would still need to be careful that you don’t go over your added on allowance. It’s important to remember that these new changes will only apply if you are travelling to countries in Europe, so of you are planning to travel further afield, check with your network provider for current up to date charges.