What do you need to know about roaming outside of Ireland in 2021? How can you keep phone bills at bay when going abroad? We’ll tell you!
Are you planning a holiday or a business trip to another country in Europe? Or do you spend time in European countries outside of Ireland on a regular basis? You may have wondered how your mobile phone provider will end up charging your for using your phone abroad. Using your mobile phone abroad (your phone keeps working in another EU country) is called roaming.
What is roaming?
What are your roaming costs outside of Ireland in 2021?
There is no more certainty of free roaming or so-called surcharge-free roaming on a trip in Europe. This means that using your phone within the EU or outside of Northern Ireland can cost you again. Some networks promised to maintain free roaming after the Brexit cut-off date.
Good to know when roaming outside of the UK and Northern Ireland
The UK Government now has an EU Roaming Regulation in place. This regulation is retained in the UK law and has been made to protect UK citizens from ending up with massive phone bills after travelling abroad. Phone operators must now send you an alert message when you have reached the usage of 80% of your roaming data limit.
How can you avoid higher costs for using your phone when travelling?
If you happen to visit other countries outside of the UK or Southern Ireland on a regular basis, or if you are planning to use your phone often when abroad, it is important to mind your phone usage costs. One way to keep your phone bill in check is using a prepaid SIM card.
Using prepaid phone credit
Top up mobile before you travel, or simply buy prepaid phone credit from anywhere in the world (and for many phone operators) on Recharge.com. Set yourself a phone budget and top up your credit with a specific amount of money that you are willing to spend.
Make smart use of your complimentary WiFi
If you are staying in a hotel with free WiFi, it’s smart to plan your online time wisely. Connect your phone to the hotel WiFi and make the most of your free time online. Sending holiday photos to friends, sending Whatsapp messages or making phone calls online? It’s all free if you switch on to the WiFi connection offered by your hotel.