Mobile operator Three UK has begun issuing a new text message to customers, which informs those who like to roam around the EU that the existing 15GB “fair use data limit” on 3G and 4G services will be increased to 19GB from 28th December 2018 “at no extra charge“, ISP review reports.
“We’re upping the amount of data you can enjoy in Go Roam Europe destinations at no extra charge,” said the announcement. We should point out that ‘Pay As You Go’ customers will also see an increase, albeit going from 12GB today to 15GB at the end of next month.
Crucially the new data limits are only applicable if you have the required data in your plan. For example, if you have a 4GB Pay Monthly data plan then you’ll be capped to 4GB, but if you have 100GB then you will very soon be able to use 19GB of that in the EU.
Data usage over 19GB for Pay Monthly and 15GB for Pay As You Go is priced at 0.5p per MB (MegaByte), but if you’re in the Aland Islands, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Mayotte, Norway, Réunion or Switzerland then the surcharge is slightly lower at 0.41p per MB.
At the same time Three UK will also increase their worldwide data cap to £43.97 (a rise of £1.48), which reflects the maximum amount of money you pay for data above your standard rate (this exists to protect customers from bill shocks).
Using your phone as a Personal Hotspot (otherwise known as ‘tethering’) in a Go Roam Around the World destination is not included unless you’ve purchased Three UK Data Passport.