Free mobile roaming could end in EU if no deal Brexit

No guarantees could mean return of expensive mobile calls for Brits abroad


The UK may not be able to guarantee surcharge-free mobile roaming if it leaves the EU with no deal. This could mean the return of higher charges to make and receive calls, texts and mobile data usage when travelling in the EU.

According to guidelines published by the UK government, in a no-deal scenario the costs that EU mobile operators would be able to charge UK operators for providing roaming services would no longer be regulated after March 2019.

"This would mean that surcharge-free roaming when you travel to the EU could no longer be guaranteed," the guidelines stated.

But the government said it would legislate to ensure that the requirements on mobile operators to apply a financial limit on mobile data usage while abroad is retained in UK law. This would mean a limit would be set at 45 per monthly billing period, as at present (currently 50 under EU law). There would also be legislation to ensure the alerts at 80% and 100% data usage continues.

It added that leaving without a deal would not prevent UK mobile operators making and honouring commercial arrangements with mobile operators in the EU.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

According to the pro-Europe Best for Britain campaign, the re-introduction of roaming charges could cost business people visiting the EU up to 778 a month.

Many of the UK's mobile operators have said that they have no plans to bring back roaming charges after Brexit but did not make any firm promises that charges would never be re-introduced at some point in the future.

Extra charges for phone calls, texts, and data usage on mobile phones was eliminated by the EU in June 2017.

Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now

Most Popular

mergers and acquisitions

Xerox to nominate directors to HP's board – reports

22 Jan 2020
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
public sector

UK gov launches £300,000 SEN EdTech initiative

22 Jan 2020
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020