UK mobile operators will start charging customers extra fees for using their phones in Europe this year, as a result of Britain’s exit from the European Union.
The abolition of roaming charges in 2017 was one of the most popular reforms for EU consumers, allowing them to use their national mobile plans across the EU at no additional cost.
The December 2020 Brexit deal gave UK mobile operators the option to reimpose fees, which they plan to do in 2022.
Vodafone said today it is delaying the reintroduction of roaming charges in Europe for UK customers by three weeks because it said it was not ready to introduce the new system.
EE has also postponed the resumption of roaming charges until March. The three network plans to introduce roaming charges between the UK and Europe, but not until May 2022.
O2 is the only operator that has not announced any plans to reimpose roaming charges for Britons who use their phones in the EU.
None of the networks will charge you for roaming in the Republic of Ireland.
Last month, it was announced EU mobile users will continue to enjoy free roaming across Europe until 2032.
The arrangement was renewed after a political agreement between the European Parliament and Slovenia, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.
According to the European Commission, mobile data usage increased 17-fold in the summer of 2019, compared to the summer of 2016, before these costs were removed.
The policy of ‘walking around the house’ has made communication easier and cheaper when people travel to Europe, » said Slovenia’s Minister of Public Administration Postjan Kornic.
He called it one of the EU’s « greatest success stories ».
« Spécialiste de la télévision sans vergogne. Pionnier des zombies inconditionnels. Résolveur de problèmes d’une humilité exaspérante. »