Ahead of the impending ban on roaming charges across the EU, EE has announced that from mid-June, all existing customers will be able to use their phone for no extra charge on The Continent.
On select, new plans, it’s also introducing inclusive roaming in some very popular holiday destinations outside the EU.
Read on as we take a good look at EE’s new roaming policy. Along the way, we’ll look at countries included in the scheme and the price of plans. And we’ll explore how it compares to rival networks too.
What are roaming charges? We walk you through it in our simple guide.
Free roaming in the EU? Tell me more
EE has announced that from June 15th, all existing customers will be able to roam in 47 European locations for no extra charge. That goes for pay monthly customers, as well as those on pay as you go.
It’s also worth noting that the offer, which allows you to use your existing UK allowances when you’re in Europe, applies across all SIM only plans and EE contracts that come with a phone.
Travelling before June? You can get free roaming by signing up for one of EE's new plans. More of which later.
What about roaming outside the EU?
From 10th May, if you’re on a 4GEE Max plan, you get to roam further afield for no extra charge too.
As well as those 47 European locations we mentioned that are included on cheaper plans, 4GEE Max customers can use their UK allowances in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand too.
Which countries are covered?
The European locations covered are:
EU: Austria, Azores ,Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar (UK), Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Islands, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French), San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and Vatican City.
EEA: Iceland, Norway, Liechtensten.
Additional destinations: Switzerland, Monaco, Isle of Man, Jersey & Guernsey.
As we noted above, if you’re on a EE 4GEE Max plan, you also get to roam for no extra charge in USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
I want the extended roaming offer? How do I get it?
Not with EE right now? If you want to use your UK allowances for free in countries beyond Europe, you’ll need to join EE as a new customer after 10th May and sign up to to 4GEE Max plan.
Existing EE customer? You’ll need to upgrade to a 4G EE Max plan to qualify.
What are EE’s prices like?
EE plans aren’t the cheapest around. But there are some very good deals if you look hard enough.
At the time of writing we found a 12-month 4GEE Max SIM only plan at £20 per month, which gets you a very handy 20GB monthly data allowance and unlimited minutes and texts. EE is also throwing in 12 months’ free use of the BT Sport app.
We also tracked down a 4G Essential plan with 500MB per month, plus 500 minutes and unlimited texts for £6.50 per month.
Although that these are time-limited promotions, we reckon you should still be able to get something comparable, or at least pretty keenly priced, most of the time.
But isn't the ban on EU roaming charges coming into force in June, anyway?
That’s correct. The day the EU is putting an end to roaming charges is 15 June. Not entirely coincidentally, that’s the day EE’s ‘roaming-at-no-extra-charge’ offer comes into force.
How does EE’s offer compare to rival networks?
Pretty favourably, to be honest. Until now, Three’s Feel at Home scheme was the only network that lets you use your UK monthly allowances when abroad.
EE’s new 4GEE Max plans, however, allows you to do this in even more countries, including Canada and Mexico.
We take a good look at what all major UK networks's roaming policies in our one-stop guide.
Anything else that stands out about EE plans?
EE’s UK 4G network is the most extensive of any carrier. And it offers the fastest speeds, too, as well as 4G and Wi-Fi calling.
Customers on all 4GEE Max plans also get free BT Sport for the duration of their contract, plus faster 4G.
Compare our pick of the best EE contracts here.