The two leading British phone companies, EE and Vodafone, have announced that they will charge their customers for using their phones in the European Union, TheSchengen.com reports.
Although the UK decided to leave the European Union again in 2017, customers were able to use their service of minutes, texts and data while traveling within the EU without additional charges.
People who have used the EE network or upgrade their contracts after 7 July are required to pay £2 (€2.36) per day to use their tariff allocations in 47 European destinations. However, travel to the Republic of Ireland is exempt from this change, which means that the service will continue free of charge unless the traveler stays for more than 30 days.
Like EE, Vodafone has introduced its tariffs charging a fee of £2 for roaming, with longer passes available for some customers. However, only sim card deals can use emergency calls outside the UK and Ireland. Some of the company’s more expensive plans will include free roaming.
However, the rest of the UK operators, such as Three and O2, said they do not plan to apply roaming charges but may add “fair usage limits” to how much their customers use the service while traveling through the European Union.
The UK-EU trade agreement says operators must have “transparent and reasonable rates” if they decide to offer roaming tariffs.
The deal also includes some safeguards for customers, including a £45 (€53.15) limit on mobile data charges when traveling, requirements to notify customers when they reach 80 per cent and 100 per cent of allowed data, and taking “reasonable steps” To prevent customers from spending roaming charges.
As previously reported by TheSchengen.com, the UK did not allow about 3,294 travelers from the European Union to enter the country in the first quarter of 2021, while in 2020, when air traffic was about 400 higher than it is, there were only 493 EU citizens European. Not allowed on British soil.
A petition launched months ago in the UK for artists to continue to perform visa-free in the European Union has received more than 285,000 signatures, urging the government to discuss the matter in Parliament on February 8.
Brexit has affected many aspects and sectors, particularly the creative industry, with losses estimated at £784m, UK artists say.
‘Excuse me? Fisheries provide £445m of GDP. Creative workers £111bn. There is no provision for us in the Brexit ‘deal’, said Englishwoman Sarah Connolly, commenting on the matter. Fisheries gets 15 pages.”
However, EU citizens would like to continue living in the UK after Brexit, with more than five million of them having applied to extend their stay in the UK.
Data released by the UK Home Office in February reveals that more than five million applications were counted, more than 4.5 million from England, 83,800 from Wales, 252,400 from Scotland and 81,800 from Northern Ireland.