Watch Your Mobile Phone And Mobile Broadband Costs Abroad
Published: 23 March 2010 By MoneyHighStreet Staff Leave a Comment
With Easter approaching and many Brits about to set off on holiday, travellers need to be aware of the costs of using your mobile phone and mobile broadband abroad.
If you are heading off on an Easter holiday, or travelling abroad at any time, be careful that you understand the costs of using your mobile phone whilst away, and in particular know the costs for internet enabled handsets or mobile broadband dongles.
As Mark Wilson, mobiles and broadband manager at moneysupermarket.com, says “The cost of using your mobile abroad will quickly add up and operators may still charge for receiving calls, as well as making them, whilst overseas.
Before escaping the country be sure to check with your operator how much calls, texts and internet use will set you back when you’re away, and most importantly if there is a cheaper international tariff available.”
If you do have internet access on your phone and pay a set price for using it in the UK, using the internet abroad is not included.
There is now regulation in place that means there is a cut-off in place once a mobile roaming bill reaches €50 which will help avoid those mobile phone bill shocks. This bill limit can be altered by each customer to set a realistic cut-off point for their particular usage.
Check with operators before you travel is key to make sure you know what your charges are and if appropriate get a better deal. For example
Virgin Media has launched a range of mobile interest and mobile broadband travel passes that allow customers to surf the web anywhere in the European Union.
Orange also have a mobile broadband offer for cost effective online usage within the European Union.