If you travel abroad frequently then you know all too well how pricey it can be to make and receive international mobile calls. If you’re wondering why that is, you can credit it to the foreign mobile networks which are used to pass on the data from your phone’s UK carrier. Usually the person receiving the call is responsible for the cost so depending on which location you’re in, roaming charges may apply. Fortunately, there are ways to make reasonably priced international calls and avoid those excess charges on your mobile tariff.
In general, making outgoing international calls from your mobile will be more expensive than on a pay-monthly contract. For instance, a mobile network with £10 pay-as-you-go credits equates to less than 10 minutes of international call time. Sending a text message or surfing the internet abroad will also jack up your bill. Consider that some networks charge upwards of £10/MB of data. That’s barely enough for a 30 second video clip!
Travelling in the EU
Since 2012, calls and texts have been less expensive in Europe than anywhere else in the world thanks to a regulation introduced by the European Commission. The cap restricts companies from charging more than 24p per minute for calls in Europe and 7p for text messages. Also, data costs have been capped at 56p (+VAT) per MB of data. To further protect consumers, the regulation forbids companies from charging more than 50 Euro for internet charges. At any rate, it’s still important to have as much information as possible before packing up and leaving.
If you can, pose the following questions to your current network provider:
- What are the charges for the country?
- Are there additional roaming fees?
- Is there any special activation required?
- Do you need a new access code for voicemails?
Keep in mind the aforementioned information when planning a trip abroad and what type of travel SIM would be appropriate for your needs.