EE, Vodafone and Sky bring back controversial charges, Three Mobile is next

If you’ve booked your summer vacation and are heading to countries like Spain, Italy, or France, you might want to check your smartphone contract. Some EE and Vodafone users – who have recently joined these networks or upgraded their current plans – are already facing £2 a day charges for using their smartphones in the EU. Vodafone updated its terms in January and EE in March.

Then it was Sky Mobile’s turn with this company changing its rules last week. Users will now also be hit with a similar £2 charge when they want to check their emails, text or post a photo from the beach on social media.

These new EU charges mean a family of four will face a bill of over £100 when they return from a two week break… ouch!

If you’re using Three Mobile, you might feel pretty smug because, at the moment, the network doesn’t charge anything extra for data roaming. However, that’s all set to change later this month.

Three confirmed last year that it was joining EE, Sky and Vodafone in bringing back the dreaded fee.

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At present, three customers can use their devices for free in over 71 destinations, including the US and Australia, but users affected by the changes will see a £2 per day charge added when they are within the EU and £5 when heading further afield. .

The update will take effect from May 23 and will affect anyone who signed up for a new contract or upgraded their existing contract after October 1 of last year.

Explaining more about the update, a Three spokesperson said: “All customers who sign a new contract or upgrade with Three from 1 October 2021 will pay a £2 per day roaming charge in EU applicable from May 23, 2022. PAYG customers and customers who entered into a contract before October 1, 2021 are not affected by these changes.

“The new charge ensures that customers are clear about what they will be paying when using their phone in another country and that only those traveling will pay for the service. It will also ensure that we can continue to invest in our UK network .”

So that’s the news from EE, Vodafone, Sky Mobile and Three, but what about O2?

This company does things slightly differently with its customers now restricted by a fair usage policy, which means they must not exceed 25GB of data when outside the UK.

Once this allowance is used up, a charge of £3.50 per additional 1GB will then be added to the bills – as an example of how much this could cost, a Full HD movie is around 4GB in size, so overnight in front of a film will cost £14.

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