Mobile roaming charges: What will happen to roaming charges after Brexit?
Will roaming be free after Brexit?
When the UK leaves the EU on 31 January, there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, during which virtually all EU rules and regulations, including mobile roaming anywhere in the EU, will continue to apply. What happens after that will depend on what is agreed about the UK’s future economic relationship with the EU, which could include the abolition of, or limits to, mobile roaming charges.
What happens if nothing is agreed or it’s a No deal?
If nothing is agreed then mobile operators would be able to implement roaming charges after the end of the transition period. But the government has passed legislation that would provide some safeguards to consumers:
To put a £45-a-month limit on the amount that customers could be charged for using mobile data abroad and customers will be informed when they have reached 80% and 100% of their data allowances.
A future trade deal with the European Union could include the abolition of, or limits to, mobile roaming charges.
Are the network operators planning to increase roaming chargers after Brexit?
Operators have NO plans to increase charges!
Of course, just because the operators might be allowed to reintroduce roaming charges, it does not necessarily mean that they will do so.
EE’s roaming charges after Brexit
EE also said it had no plans to introduce the charges and said: “we are working closely with government on this and hope Brexit negotiations will help ensure that UK operators can continue to offer low prices to our customers”.
Three’s plan after Brexit
Three has no plans to bring them back in, regardless of how Brexit negotiations resolve themselves.
Vodafone’s roaming plan after Brexit
Vodafone said it was too soon to assess the implications of Brexit on roaming regulations, but added that it currently had no plans to change its roaming charges.
O2’s roaming plan after Brexit
“We currently have no plans to change our roaming services across Europe. We will be working closely with the government and other European operators to try to protect the current arrangements, so our customers can continue to enjoy free EU roaming once Britain officially leaves the EU.”
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