Although some details are still a little sketchy, it appearshas now launched some much better data roaming rates, and if you are a frequent traveller, then the rates appear to be even better.
Firstly, it’s important to understand that the data roaming rates only apply to certain countries (most, but not all of Western Europe); if you want to know more, then access this map which shows all the details of which countries (and which rates apply).
So, in many countries (including France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Austria) you can benefit from 25MB of internet data per day for just £2 per day. In most other European countries (including Isle of Mann, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Finland) that same £2 per day gets you 5MB of data per day. If you are a frequent traveller, then you can pay £10 per month to get the same amount of data per month.
You’ll need to opt in to theData Traveller, although if you are a PAYG customer, you can utilise it for free. Equally, if you are on a recent price plan that costs £40 or more and get at least 900 minutes, then you can automatically get 25MB of data roaming per day at no extra cost. For others, you’ll need to call 40062 from your phone to opt in.
These rates and deals will apply from 1 December 2010, and only apply to using your phone to access the Internet; they do not apply Mobile Broadband or using your laptop.
With the proliferation of people using their phones for data, and travelling abroad, it’s nice to seeoffering some inclusive data allowance whilst roaming, which will benefit many people. Of course, last year we saw remove their “3 Like Home” offer, so it’ll be interesting to see how they respond…