EE customers will be able access super-fast 4G mobile internet speeds in 16 countries across the globe, after the carrier inked roaming deals with networks in fresh territories.
Travellers with EE can now benefit from 4G speeds when travelling to Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, UAE, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.
EE already has agreements in place with France and Spain. A deal with a South Korean carrier goes live from tomorrow and the carrier has pledged to “continue to extend its 4G coverage across major roaming destinations throughout 2014”.
Consumer-targeted plans that provide overseas roaming on EE start at £3 for 50MB and go up to £25 for 500MB.
Rob Kerr, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said: “EE adding 14 countries to its portfolio of destinations where you can enjoy 4G roaming is good news for those who need superfast internet wherever they are, be it at home or abroad.
“However, EE’s 500MB for £25 may sound generous but this amount of data is up the spout in no time if you’re on superfast mobile broadband abroad. Our research shows that customers still worry about maxing out their monthly data allowances and many of us now know that faster browsing and streaming mean it's very easy to burn through data on 4G.
Kerr added: “An allowance of 500MB – whilst a decent amount for an entry-level mobile user – might mean some need to switch to heftier tariffs as they reach their limits.”
“4G roaming speeds are all well and good, but you really need to ask yourself what’s more important to you - cheaper roaming or faster roaming?
“Now that roaming charges within the EU have come down and consumers are better protected, it would be a shame to still get hit by bill shock because we’re tempted by premium offers such as 4G roaming.”