Another UK operator introduces roaming charges for EU travel

Roaming fees for calls and data from within EU countries will not be reinstated, UK mobile providers have vowed since Brexit became a reality. The EU Trade Deal, however, seems to have changed matters once it was signed in 2021. tesco eu roaming charges

EE was first to cave and reintroduced EU roaming charges for its customers. Three, Vodafone, and Sky followed suit. Now, Tesco joins in.

Tesco to introduce EU roaming fees on January 1 2023 tesco eu roaming charges

No announcement, no fanfare, Tesco changed its Terms & Conditions to include this change. Come January of 2023, any customers that have signed a new contract with the provider after June 6th 2022 (including) will need to pay for their mobile usage from within EU countries as follows — 10p per MB of data, 20p per SMS (no MMS while roaming), 55p per minute of regular voice calling.

If you have entered a contract with Tesco before the aforementioned date, you will not be affected by the roaming charges until you renew or upgrade your service.

Frequent travellers will be able to make use of various roaming bundles that Tesco will have on offer, making it cheaper for those that find themselves abroad more often.

Virgin Media O2 still resists

Out of all major carriers in the UK, Virgin Media O2 have yet to introduce roaming fees for EU countries. In fact, so much so that you may be feeling tempted to check out some phone deals on Virgin or phone deals on O2. Vodafone’s Xtra plans can also include no-fee roaming for the EU and other countries abroad, so it’s great if you can find your favorite phone bundled with the right plan (Vodafone refreshes its phone deals once per month or so).

Virgin Media o2 this week said: “Roaming: We are the only one of the big four mobile network operators not to reintroduce roaming in Europe – meaning O2 and Virgin Mobile customers can continue to use data, calls and texts just as they would in the UK when travelling to destinations all over Europe. Analysis of daily charge rates from other providers suggests that this could save a family of four going abroad for two weeks £100 or more.”

At this point, it appears inevitable that all UK citizens will pay EU roaming fees; the only remaining question is “when” the last carrier will give in. And will it. What do you think? tesco eu roaming charges

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