How To Avoid Roaming Fees When Travelling

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Whether you’re posting a holiday snap to Instagram, browsing the internet to find a great tapas restaurant or using maps to navigate your way from the basilica to the beach; it’s safe to say we’re even more reliant on our phones and being connected to the web than when we’re at home! I like to use my phone in the exact way I do at home, especially as it means I can keep on top of comments and questions that come in from my blog. Don’t get me wrong, it’s sometimes very nice (and very necessary) to switch off and go off the grid but it’s better to have the choice rather than just trying to avoid a major phone bill when you get home.

So when I heard that roaming charges were being abolished in the EU, I was so excited! Until I realised that it’s more like they’re being phased out over a couple of years and data charges are still pretty high…

Here is the breakdown of roaming charges from 15th June 2017:

Changes to roaming charges in the EU

  • 3.2 cents per minute of voice call
  • 1 cent per text message
  • A step by step reduction over five years for data caps decreasing from €7.7 per GB (as of 15 June 2017) to €6 per GB (as of 1 January 2018), €4.5 per GB (as of 1 January 2019), €3.5 per GB (as of 1 January 2020), €3 per GB (as of 1 January 2021) and €2.5 per GB (as of 1 January 2022).

Although this is a whole lot better than roaming charges used to be, shouldn’t roaming costs be abolished altogether?

How to avoid roaming fees completely

Contrary to what most phone networks tell you, there IS a way to avoid roaming charges completely… On my recent trip to Ibiza, I switched my phone network to Three Mobile as there are absolutely no roaming charges with every plan they have, whether you have a contract phone or pay-as-you-go.  The best thing is, it’s not just in Europe where Three lets you roam and use your phone as you would at home, as they have a total of 22 countries including America, Australia and New Zealand as part of the deal!

 

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Here are all of the 61 destinations you can use your phone on Three, without paying ANY extra:

 

  • Aland Islands.
  • Australia.
  • Austria.
  • Azores.
  • Balearic Islands.
  • Belgium.
  • Brazil.
  • Bulgaria.
  • Canary Islands.
  • Croatia.
  • Cyprus.
  • Czech Republic.
  • Denmark.
  • Estonia.
  • Finland.
  • France (Inc. Corsica).
  • French Guiana.
  • Germany.
  • Gibraltar.
  • Greece (Inc. Crete & Rhodes).
  • Guadeloupe.
  • Guernsey.
  • Hong Kong.
  • Hungary.
  • Iceland.
  • Indonesia.
  • Ireland.
  • Isle of Man.
  • Israel
  • Italy (Inc. Sardinia & Sicily).
  • Jersey
  • Latvia.
  • Liechtenstein.
  • Lithuania.
  • Luxembourg.
  • Macau.
  • Maderia.
  • Malta.
  • Marie-Galante
  • Martinique.
  • Netherlands.
  • New Zealand.
  • Norway.
  • Poland.
  • Portugal.
  • Puerto Rico.
  • Republic of Ireland.
  • Reunion.
  • Romania.
  • Saint Barthélemy.
  • Saint Martin.
  • San Marino.
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia.
  • Slovenia.
  • Spain.
  • Sri Lanka.
  • Sweden.
  • Switzerland.
  • United States (Inc. Florida Keys).
  • US Virgin Islands.
So EVEN if you have a contract with O2, Vodafone or EE – you can just get your phone unlocked and buy a Three Mobile PAYG sim card that you can top-up and use abroad until your contract runs out and you can use Three Mobile for good. I’ve found the network brilliant since I’ve switched and get a great signal everywhere.
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This post was facilitated by Three Mobile. I was not paid to write this post, however Three Mobile did contact me to send me one of their SIM cards to try out.