Raise your hand if the first thing you do when you arrive in a foreign country is to switch off your mobile data. Roaming fees could eat away at your mobile credit if you don’t pay attention, but if you own an european sim card we have some good news!
After a gradual reduction of additional roaming charges from 2007, European Commission finally achieved the removal of the roaming fees within EU countries in 2017.
Thus, if you are from France, for example, you can post a nice picture on Instagram while in Athens, or text your lover while in Warsaw or call your family after your dental surgery in Kaunas.
Here is everything you should know about it.
Roaming charges ended on 15th June 2017. That means that you can call (and receive calls), text or surf the net without additional charges while travelling across EU countries. You’ll pay domestic prices for roaming calls, SMS and data. Thus, if your mobile plan allows you to have unlimited calls, SMS and internet services at a fixed price, you won’t pay any additional fees while travelling within EU.
It is automatic. You don’t have to activate any special offer or plan. Your mobile operator, on the contrary, should inform you about the end of roaming charges and how your particular tariff will be affected.
It is effective also for pre-paid cards. This means that you get in Roam Like at Home exactly the volume of roaming data you have paid for in advance. For voice and SMS, you will pay exactly the same unit price as at home.
But there are still few limits.
- Data usage. If a person has unlimited mobile data or very cheap mobile data at home, his operator may apply a safeguard (fair use) limit on data use while roaming. If so, the operator will have to inform the customer in advance about such a limit and alert them when they reach this limit.
- Time. If a person stays in another country within the EU longer than in his home country over a few months, the operator may contact him and ask to pay more.
- Domestic plan. You’ll keep abroad the same mobile rate conditions that you have in your home country. The removal of the additional roaming charges is effective only when travelling and doesn’t change anything while you are in your home country. That means that if you want to make an international call from your home country, you won’t have it for free. The prices of calls from home to a foreign country, including in the EU, are not regulated.
- Ships and/or aeroplanes. EU roaming rules apply only to terrestrial mobile networks. As soon as the services are provided through other types of radio networks, via satellite systems on board of ships or aeroplanes for instance, they are not subject to the binding price caps of the EU.
More information on: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/roaming-tariffs