The new service, named Tesco Mobile Home From Home, will let you enjoy zero roaming charges for more than three months irrespective of whether you are a pay monthly or a pay as you go customer. The list of thirty one such countries include France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Greece and Netherlands.
Going, going gone! No more roaming charges from June 2017
"We want our customers to enjoy their holiday without having to worry about the cost of using their phones. So we decided, why wait until 2017 to banish roaming? Let’s help our customers and give them a taste of what’s to come," said Simon Groves, chief marketing officer at Tesco Mobile while announcing the new service.
Even though the European Union Parliament has decided to scrap roaming charges altogether come June 2017, a number of network operators have begun slicing roaming charges bit by bit to prepare for the eventual cull. Operators like Three and Vodafone have already announced such cuts, but the one by Tesco Mobile gives us a picture of what awaits us in 2017.
Three makes UK customers ‘Feel At Home’ in Spain and New Zealand!
As per the EU decision, network operators will be able to levy roaming charges at reduced rates from this month onwards. While they could charge €0.19 and €0.05 per minute of outgoing and incoming calls, €0.06 per text and €0.20 per MB of internet data consumed so far, from now on they will be able to charge you €0.05 per minute of calling, €0.02 per text and €0.05 per MB of internet data consumed.
In October last year, Vodafone revamped its £30 Big Value Bundle for Pay As You Go customers who frequently travelled to the Euro Zone. Apart from offering unlimited minutes and texts and 6GB of 4G data every month, the bundle lets you make additional 100 minutes of calls, send 100 texts and use 500MB worth data while staying there at no extra cost. However, Vodafone has so far not introduced any universal plans to slash roaming charges for all customers.
Travel much? Maxroam SIM card could be ideal for you
However, Three offers a Feel At Home service which is very similar to the one offered by Tesco Mobile but its reach is still somewhat limited to twenty seven countries. As part of the Feel At Home service, subscribers will be able to browse the internet, call and text home and be able to tweet and chat at no extra roaming cost away from home. The Feel At Home service can be availed by monthly payers, Pay-As-You-Go, SIM-only and mobile broadband customers- as long as international roaming is activated. Last year, Three added France, Spain and New Zealand to the list of countries where no roaming charges will apply. Carphone Warehouse' new mobile network named iD also offers plans that come with free roaming facilities for 29 countries.
Until roaming charges are completely scrapped, you can also go for Maxroam, an international SIM card launched by Cubic Telecom. Maxroam will be available in fixed packs and Cubic Telecom claims you won't be gaping at your bills in horror after returning from international trips. You'll probably be getting the best deals, connectivity and speed if you go for Maxroam, says the company.
“We’re finally starting to see large carriers reduce international roaming charges. However, consumers are still paying way too much for the level of service, while always having the fear of steep overages or ambiguous costs. We’ve been listening to users and now we’re introducing low-cost Maxroam plans to bring more convenience, better pricing and high-speed data for international travellers, without the worry of what their bill will look like when they get home,” says Barry Napier, co-founder and CEO of Cubic Telecom.