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Due to Brexit, more and more Britons are forced to pay roaming fees again in the EU

More and more Britons visiting EU countries can expect to pay more soon if they use their smartphone data plan to travel online, as two out of the UK’s four major telecoms operators, EE and Vodafone, have already announced they will start making a comeback. Roaming charges.

The EU eliminated roaming charges within the EU in 2017, saving huge costs for EU travelers who were able to use their packages on local tariffs when traveling abroad. It is estimated that British travelers alone can save a total of millions of pounds annually due to this. However, after Brexit goes into effect, the various achievements of EU membership will be aligned, and the roaming exemption will not be included in the EU-UK agreement.

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Ahmed Essam, head of Vodafone UK, confirmed that the changes will not apply to Ireland, which means that the current system will remain there and there will be no additional fees. However, when traveling to other EU countries, you will now be able to buy roaming tickets for 1 pound per day for 8 or 15 days.

For now, Vodafone will offer the fee to new customers entering from next January, while leaving the current system for older subscribers to change packages.

After the Brexit referendum, major British telecoms companies are still talking about no plans to reverse roaming charges. However, EE was the first to announce in June that the surcharge would be returned to its new and cumulative customers. Vodafone has now joined. The euronews report According to the news, she was badly and outrageously received by the company’s clients.

David Anderson, for example, told the newspaper that he voted for secession in the referendum, but feels that Brexit should not be talking about it. He voted to leave to make things easier, and not have to follow the rules that a person who couldn’t even vote for must follow. He said the situation is now worse than it was before the vote. The article reveals that the man previously made his living renting property but sold his property after the Brexit vote and had been planning to move to Portugal for his retirement years, but could not do so until now because he had not received a residence permit. This is why he currently lives in Essex for part of the year and in the Portuguese Algarve for part of the year, making extensive use of his British data package abroad. As he said, he’s angry at the way carriers are trying to pull it off.

The other two major carriers, Three and O2, have also previously said they will not return to roaming charges, but both companies have recently introduced new restrictions: Three have limited the amount of data that can be used within a month of 20GB in the European Union, in addition, £3/giga pricing was offered.

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