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Money Blog Series: Using your mobile on an Activity Break in Europe

May 11, 2016

PART 1: MONEY BLOG TRAVEL INSURANCE 

PART 2: MONEY BLOG CHEAP FLIGHTS 

PART 3: MONEY BLOG MOBILE CHARGES 

We have all heard the horror stories of people travelling to Europe, and then when they get home, getting hit with a phone bill equating to a couple of hundred pounds. This is because their phone network has rerouted through a local network and has been subjected to supplement charges. This varies from network to network, and many networks have travel “bolt-ons” you can apply for your time abroad, so that your charges are capped at a certain daily amount. Most of our activity breaks are based in mainland Europe, and if you’re travelling at all outside your own country then it might be advisable to read this hints on using your phone abroad…

Talk to your phone company

If your addicted to updating your social media and are constantly on your phone, then it might be worthwhile checking what offers your phone company provide for travelling within Europe! Vodafone offer WorldTraveller Bolt on for just £5 a day, inclusive of over 40 European destinations. O2 charge £1.99 per day to use your phone with no data limits, but a 120mins and 120 daily text limit and EE offer a tailored price based on your destination.

Switch off you data roaming, and use Wi-Fi

Ok, so almost all of us now have smartphones that automatically connect us to the internet using our data. We are always connected, even if we are not messaging or surfing the net. When we go abroad, it is wise to turn this off, otherwise you will get hit with mega data roaming charges. Using Wi-Fi is free, so if you can, connect to the Wi-Fi in restaurants, hotels or bars to enable you to talk to those back home!

Text don’t call

For some networks it’s standard rate to text, but they’ll charge to receive and make calls. It’s easier to wait until you can access Wi-Fi and skype/whatsapp/FB call your loved ones. Also, don’t check your voicemails until you are home, it will cost you a small fortune!

Buy a local sim

If you’re only going on a short activity break, then there’s no need, but if you are travelling for a sustained amount of time, then it might be worthwhile buying a local sim card. Or even better, look into things like “the world sim” that cover you for travel in over 190 countries! It’s not quite Europe, but I spent 3 months in Ghana and bought a local sim card – topping it up with just £2 a week to enable me to upload pictures to FB and Instagram and also to call/text home. Local sims are a sure fire way to save money.

Keep up to date

As of 2017, European data roaming charges are being scrapped, and it will cost you the same to use your phone abroad as it does at home! So make sure you keep your eyes and ears peeled for more updates on this! Currently there are some caps on data roaming charging, but these can always fluctuate so always double check….

SERVICE

Previous Price Cap

Price Cap from 30 APRIL 2016

Data

€0.20 per megabyte

€0.05 per megabyte

Monthly data cap (i)

€50

€50

Outgoing calls

€0.19 per minute

€0.05 per minute

Incoming calls

€0.05 per minute

€0.05 per minute

Texts

€0.06 per text

€0.02 per text

 

PART 4: MONEY BLOG USING YOUR CARD 
PART 5: MONEY BLOG CASH AND HOW TO TIP

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