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5 tips for using your phone in the EU, now roaming is free

Using your phone abroad is cheaper than ever. But bear these five things in mind.

Under some new laws, mobile phone roaming is now free in the EU. Hurrah! That means no more heavy charges for UK holidaymakers when posting sunny selfies abroad.

However, there are five things we think you need to bear in mind now that you can roam like home in the EU.

1) Beware of Borders

When you’re traveling in the EU, you might think that the only signals you can pick up are native ones. Um, not quite.

When near a geographical border, there’s a chance you could inadvertently pick up a signal a neighbouring country’s signal. The problem is, if that country isn’t covered by the new EU laws, you could incur extra charges. Better to be safe than sorry!

2) Internet Speeds May be Slower

Despite roaming charges disappearing, you should know that using your phone abroad may mean slower data speeds. If you’re on EE, you’ll get 4G internet no matter where you are in the EU. Phew.

If you’re on Three, though, you may have to settle for 3G. Either way, you should find that you have a decent enough signal to do things like check Facebook and find where you are, using a maps app.

3) Check Which European Countries Are Covered

While you may think that it’s just EU countries included in the recent roaming changes, the best network providers are offering extra destinations.

Get an EE Max Plan and you benefit from free roaming in 48 EU countries, plus an extra five worldwide, including USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Beating that, Three Advanced plans now give you free roaming in 60 worldwide destinations.

4) Avoid Going Over Your Allowance

When using your data abroad, make sure you don’t go over your allowance. The cost of doing so might be more than in the UK.

5) Avoid Calling the EU from Home

Don’t let the new legislation confuse you! It applies when you’re in Europe. Not when you’re at home. You’ll still be charged extra for calling EU countries from the UK, and so it’s better to use Skype or the like to get in touch with people on the continent.

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