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Hello I travel quite a lot so I'm just wondering what the best network is in regards to roaming in the EU with data? I'm currently on Three and my girlfriend is on Vodafone, and every country we g… Read More
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7m, 2d agoPosted 7 months, 2 days ago
Hello

I travel quite a lot so I'm just wondering what the best network is in regards to roaming in the EU with data? I'm currently on Three and my girlfriend is on Vodafone, and every country we go to I always find that I have an anaemic and horrendously slow data speed compared to hers, and I'm seemingly always getting throttled hard whereas she usually has a fast 3G or 4G connection on Vodafone.

I'm looking towards Vodafone as an obvious solution to this, and will give up my unlimited data on three for 20GB on Vodafone for the same price. But I'm wondering whether EE or BT offer a decent experience abroad, or if they too connect to rubbish networks and throttle hard?

TLDR - Which network is better when roaming in europe, EE or Vodafone? Also, does BT Mobile offer same roaming packages as EE?

Cheers :)
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7m, 2d agoPosted 7 months, 2 days ago
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#1
There is only one mobile provider that gives you limited 4G speeds abroad: EE. Don't know how your girlfriend is getting 4G abroad??

Every other provider will only give you 3G, and it will be temperamental as you're roaming between local region networks. I would stick with Three still, as you are not going to get much more on any other network, even with EE's limited 4G abroad.
#2
jpxdude
There is only one mobile provider that gives you limited 4G speeds abroad: EE. Don't know how your girlfriend is getting 4G abroad??
Every other provider will only give you 3G, and it will be temperamental as you're roaming between local region networks. I would stick with Three still, as you are not going to get much more on any other network, even with EE's limited 4G abroad.
Thanks for the reply

She was definitely getting 4G abroad. The latest which being Germany. Also, a lot of the countries have Vodafone there anyway and it would just use that network which was always more reliable than whatever network Three used abroad. I've done side by side comparisons between both our networks in several different countries recently and even if she is only on 3G at the time, her speeds will always be much much faster. On Three they are dreadful and barely usable to anything.

I'd rather much switch to BT Mobile, EE or Vodafone, but I'm just wondering which offer the best roaming experience.
#3
BT Mobile is virtual mobile network operator using EE's physical network, so apart from variations in plans and packages they are effectively one and the same from a technical perspective for the purpose of your query. I am also getting 4G when roaming in Europe on Vodafone and speeds are in general comparable with what I get in the UK. Unfortunately cannot comment on EE's performance, their atrocious customer service has put me off using them in general, even after I tried to take out a new contract with them less than a month ago.
#4
Doesn't Vodafone charge £5 per day on roaming? Plus the data limit is quite small?

Personally I couldn't find anything better than Three when it comes to roaming offer.
#5
pascal03
Doesn't Vodafone charge £5 per day on roaming? Plus the data limit is quite small?
Personally I couldn't find anything better than Three when it comes to roaming offer.

On their old tariffs they did and they do limit data, New tariffs usually include free roaming allowance.
#6
93tid
BT Mobile is virtual mobile network operator using EE's physical network, so apart from variations in plans and packages they are effectively one and the same from a technical perspective for the purpose of your query. I am also getting 4G when roaming in Europe on Vodafone and speeds are in general comparable with what I get in the UK. Unfortunately cannot comment on EE's performance, their atrocious customer service has put me off using them in general, even after I tried to take out a new contract with them less than a month ago.
Cheers

Yeah I'm aware about BT, which was why I was curious if they offer something the same as EE. Recently EE added in some sort of EU allowance which was one of the main reasons I didn't consider them in the past as they didn't have any decent sort of data package abroad.

Vodafone does seem like the safest bet really. The 20GB package I'm looking to get should include 2GB roaming, from what I remember.
#7
pascal03
Doesn't Vodafone charge £5 per day on roaming? Plus the data limit is quite small?

Personally I couldn't find anything better than Three when it comes to roaming offer.
Pricewise, certainly. However when I'm in City centres and capital cities of major European countries and can barely upload a picture, then it just becomes a bit useless.
#8
chris2010uk
jpxdude
There is only one mobile provider that gives you limited 4G speeds abroad: EE. Don't know how your girlfriend is getting 4G abroad??
Every other provider will only give you 3G, and it will be temperamental as you're roaming between local region networks. I would stick with Three still, as you are not going to get much more on any other network, even with EE's limited 4G abroad.
Thanks for the reply
She was definitely getting 4G abroad. The latest which being Germany. Also, a lot of the countries have Vodafone there anyway and it would just use that network which was always more reliable than whatever network Three used abroad. I've done side by side comparisons between both our networks in several different countries recently and even if she is only on 3G at the time, her speeds will always be much much faster. On Three they are dreadful and barely usable to anything.
I'd rather much switch to BT Mobile, EE or Vodafone, but I'm just wondering which offer the best roaming experience.
One of the reasons I left 3 was exactly this: everyone on any other network, when abroad, was streaming easily, i couldn't even use google maps with 3 contract, even in Italy where 3 has their own network; so i went with vodafone RED: it is not the best in internet speeds, but is more than decent where i live, anything above 5mb/s with proper band width you can stream; plus you can use your minutes allowance when abroad to call back in UK or call wherever in all of the roaming countries; BUT that only with a red, roaming tarif; i picked a £25/month for 25Gb in UK, 4Gb roaming, and unlimited mis/texts; if you can also get a 30% discount for a friend/family member being NHS staff or else (you have to google to see who qualifies), you will come down to £17.50/month; plus nowtv or skygo or spotify for 12 months.
Have a look at this: RED Vodafone, and try the 30% discount. And wherever you go abroad and there is vodafone locally you might have a very speedy and pleasan surprise (I was in Romania this summer: 100mb/s and above!!!).
but is very much like in UK: London and certain areas have a very good reception and very good speeds, and I would hazard a guess that the competitors are just the same; where one is good, they all are good. except 3!!!!
#9
shauneco
pascal03
Doesn't Vodafone charge £5 per day on roaming? Plus the data limit is quite small?
Personally I couldn't find anything better than Three when it comes to roaming offer.
On their old tariffs they did and they do limit data, New tariffs usually include free roaming allowance.

Interesting, I didn't know that.
#10
jpxdude
There is only one mobile provider that gives you limited 4G speeds abroad: EE. Don't know how your girlfriend is getting 4G abroad??

Probably as Vodafone offer 4G roaming.

https://support.vodafone.co.uk/Network-and-coverage/Vodafone-Red-4G-plans/38909463/Can-I-use-4G-abroad.htm

If you have a 4G device and a 4G UK contract, you’ll be able to use 4G abroad, wherever it’s available. Using 4G incurs no additional cost to your standard roaming charges.
#11
pascal03
Doesn't Vodafone charge £5 per day on roaming? Plus the data limit is quite small?

Personally I couldn't find anything better than Three when it comes to roaming offer.

Vodafone currently offer 20GB UK data and 4GB roaming data (In 40 destinations) for £22.20 a month.

60 other destinations have World Traveller which you pay £5 a day for.

Three severely rate limit Feel at home. It's ok for social media, but try and use other apps and it's painfully slow.
#12
I'm not sure what the first comment was on about in regards to only EE being able to offer 4G abroad when roaming when Vodafone has been doing it for a fair while on their Eurotraveller and WorldTraveller http://www.vodafone.co.uk/cs/groups/public/documents/webcontent/vftst054442.pdfhttp://www.vodafone.co.uk/cs/groups/public/documents/contentdocuments/vfcon071718.pdf

It all depends on how much the speed matters to you, and coverage of how many countries it covers. In most cases I find it is between Three and Vodafone. Vodafone seems hit and miss from reviews, but I'm guessing your girlfriend hasn't had any trouble with them. I find I have the same trouble as you with 3 abroad since in most cases it seems to be they have a very basic deal in place for their roaming. Even over the years I've found their roaming allowances for data have dropped. Experience wise I'd probably say Vodafone for roaming even if it is a smaller allowance for roaming in the EU but it is at least useable, but it also has good options if you do go further afield and need to use it for one day here or there and just pay the extra.

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