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EE has SCRAPPED roaming charges to these 47 countries

Mirror logo Mirror 04/05/2017 James Andrews
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All existing pay monthly and pay as you go customers of EE will soon be able to use their phones - including data - in 47 countries exactly as if they were in the UK.

The EU's ruling that roaming charges inside the trading block had to be scrapped comes into effect on June 15, but EE is letting its customers roam for free two weeks earlier - on June 1.

There is a catch though, as you'll need to sign up to a new contract to get early access.

"We go further to provide our customers with 4G in more places across the UK than any other operator, and we’re offering inclusive roaming in more destinations as well," said EE chief executive Marc Allera .

EE also launched a new range of 4GEE Max plans, offering 52 inclusive destinations worldwide - including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, on top of the 47 listed below.

"Customers that would like to benefit from inclusive roaming before June can sign up at any time to one of EE’s new plans without affecting their upgrade dates or length of contract," EE said in a statement.

Here's the full list of countries that EE customers can now use their phones in as if they were the UK:

EU countries:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia, Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar (UK)
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Reunion Islands
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Martin (French)
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • The Netherlands
  • Vatican City

EEA countries:

  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Liechtenstein

Additional destinations:

  • Switzerland
  • Monaco
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Guernsey

Roaming further? 5 tips for avoiding unexpected holiday phone charges

If you're planning a holiday somewhere that's not on this list you still need to be careful - here are six ways to avoid a holiday souvenir no one wants.

1. Call your network before you go

Give them a ring - even if you’re at the airport. Tell them where you are going and ask them if there are any bundles or discounts you can get.

2. Read your network’s texts

Don’t ignore any texts from your network. These normally tell you how much your going to pay on calls, texts and most importantly data.

3. Use free wifi

If you have to use your phone to speak to someone, use wifi. You can use apps like Skype , WhatsApp and Viber . Some networks promote similar services themselves. But make sure the network is secure.

4. Turn it off

It’s unfortunate that in 2017, one thing we still advise is not using your mobile phone. Turn off data roaming before you leave, or your phone entirely. That's because even if you don't actively use the internet, there are some apps working in the background that will ring up charges before you exit the airport.

5. Buy a pay-as-you-go SIM

There are a lot of networks trying to flog these SIMs but they only work if your phone is unlocked. Ask your network if you’re not sure.

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