Chatterbox expats rejoice! As of the 15th of June 2017, mobile roaming charges are outlawed by the EU. This means you won’t have to pay high amounts of extra money when calling or using your mobile data when using an English phone in another European country.
On 15th June 2017, the EU ended mobile roaming charges between European countries. The reason is simple: network infrastructures within Europe are all very modern, and allow any phone from any country to operate normally beyond borders. Extra charges were just an easy way for network companies to make money.
What this clearly means for you:
– Whether you live in France permanently or only come for holidays, you won’t have to worry anymore about using your phone – no more extra charges for either calling or using internet. For example, if you are in France and want to call your family in England (or you are in England and want to keep up to date with the latest French gossips in your village), this will cost nothing more than a normal call within England.
– You won’t need to have two SIM cards with two different operators anymore. One will be enough.
– Things may change following Brexit, but for now this new rule does include the UK.
So why not celebrate with the longest phone call ever?