Rehan Ali, mobiles expert at Uswitch.com, comments: “The Government’s traffic light system for the 67 destinations offers a lifeline to millions of would-be holidaymakers. Though there is still a complicated road to walk when it comes to navigating the new rules.
“When planning a holiday abroad, it’s always worth investigating if you will face any extra roaming charges to use your mobile at your destination. For the many EU countries on this list, the good news is that you won’t have to pay extra to use your phone on holiday.
“Outside the EU, the threat of roaming charges is a different story. While many networks offer a similar arrangement to your current plans at home, some destinations may incur significantly higher rates for data, texting and calls. This could leave holidaymakers at risk of mobile bill shock on their return.
“During lockdown we’ve all got used to browsing the internet using our home broadband, so be conscious of how much mobile data you’re using when you’re away and make sure you don’t go over your limit.
“It’s easy to burn through a lot of data when you’re browsing social media and watching videos on your mobile phone by the pool.
“If you’re staying at a hotel, it’s always worth using their Wi-Fi to save your data allowance, but make sure to check any costs before taking the plunge. Most cafes, bars and restaurants are usually happy to share their login details too, so make sure to ask.
“A hefty phone bill can dampen the restful feeling of a break in the sun, so before travelling, check your network’s roaming charges to ensure you’re familiar with your contract allowances. Forgetting to do so could mean a memorable break for the wrong reasons.”
For more information on international roaming charges visit: www.uswitch.com/mobiles/guides/roaming-outside-the-eu-a-network-by-network-guide/
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