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Best Roaming Data Sim for Europe?

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Can anybody suggest any good deals for a SIM only deal preferably short term, for long term roaming in Europe i.e. around 3 months. Looking for around 15 to 20gb per month. Read More
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2m, 19h agoPosted 2 months, 19 hours ago
Can anybody suggest any good deals for a SIM only deal preferably short term, for long term roaming in Europe i.e. around 3 months. Looking for around 15 to 20gb per month.
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2m, 19h agoPosted 2 months, 19 hours ago
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#1
three - feel at home. monthly SIM only
#2
srp111
three - feel at home. monthly SIM only
I looked at them as one of the first options, but I believe it is limited to 30days abroad. Not sure how actively they enforce it, but it could leave me stuck if they cut me off after 30 days.
#3
I think for that amount of data and good performance, you'd have to choose EE. They allow up to 15GB abroad, or at least when I signed up they did. I have no idea what their T&C's say about how long you can use it abroad, or how strongly they enforce it. I used it two months running without a problem.

Edit: It's a 12 month contract but depending on how important it is to you, the cost of the 12 months might be worth it.

Edited By: dave80 on Feb 23, 2017 12:56
#4
get three payg SIM cards.
buy a couple top up one . if they cut you off. throw it away and top up another.
#5
srp111
get three payg SIM cards.
buy a couple top up one . if they cut you off. throw it away and top up another.

That's quite a good plan and I guess works for any network that allows me to have unactivated cards. Thanks.
#6
dave80
I think for that amount of data and good performance, you'd have to choose EE. They allow up to 15GB abroad, or at least when I signed up they did. I have no idea what their T&C's say about how long you can use it abroad, or how strongly they enforce it. I used it two months running without a problem.

Edit: It's a 12 month contract but depending on how important it is to you, the cost of the 12 months might be worth it.

Think they also do 30day contracts, thanks.
#7
what about a sim from Spain maybe work out cheaper look at some online.
#8
MynameisM
what about a sim from Spain maybe work out cheaper look at some online.

As long as it roams across Europe. Do you have any recommendations?
#9
As suggested ee is only on the 12 month contract.
#10
drumltd
MynameisM
what about a sim from Spain maybe work out cheaper look at some online.

As long as it roams across Europe. Do you have any recommendations?


I have looked into it and seems spain has very expensive tarriffs compared to uk ones so prbably better off with the three option.
#11
Will repeat previous suggestions for 3, but PAYG (not limited to max 30days continuous use abroad, unless t&c change whilst you are away!), which can be achieved via converting £20 credit into the All-in-One 20 Add-On which provides 300 UK mins + 3000 UK txts + 12GB data roaming to use for max 30days or until exhausted. You can stack them on one SIM before you go. Not convinced you can activate a 3 SIM whilst outside UK, so multiple SIMs may not be an option unless pre-activated without credit loaded and you can somehow whilst abroad add £20 credit then convert it to AIO 20 Add-on only when you need to, although that can be done for you via a buddy in the UK whilst you are abroad, or save 2mins from the expiring Add-On to allow yourself to topup/convert from abroad. But don't see the advantage of that rather than topping up one SIM multiple times? Don't bother buy the AYCE data option as max 12GB is available abroad during any one AIO Add-on period.
http://www.three.co.uk/Support/pay_as_you_go/Phone_tariffs
#12
Thanks
AndyRoyd
Will repeat previous suggestions for 3, but PAYG (not limited to max 30days continuous use abroad, unless t&c change whilst you are away!), which can be achieved via converting £20 credit into the All-in-One 20 Add-On which provides 300 UK mins + 3000 UK txts + 12GB data roaming to use for max 30days or until exhausted. You can stack them on one SIM before you go. Not convinced you can activate a 3 SIM whilst outside UK, so multiple SIMs may not be an option unless pre-activated without credit loaded and you can somehow whilst abroad add £20 credit then convert it to AIO 20 Add-on only when you need to, although that can be done for you via a buddy in the UK whilst you are abroad, or save 2mins from the expiring Add-On to allow yourself to topup/convert from abroad. But don't see the advantage of that rather than topping up one SIM multiple times? Don't bother buy the AYCE data option as max 12GB is available abroad during any one AIO Add-on period.http://www.three.co.uk/Support/pay_as_you_go/Phone_tariffs

Thanks Andy, do you know if you can put an add-on on a recurring renewal and auto topup? Like you can with giffgaff?
#13
drumltd
Thanks
AndyRoyd
Will repeat previous suggestions for 3, but PAYG (not limited to max 30days continuous use abroad, unless t&c change whilst you are away!), which can be achieved via converting £20 credit into the All-in-One 20 Add-On which provides 300 UK mins + 3000 UK txts + 12GB data roaming to use for max 30days or until exhausted. You can stack them on one SIM before you go. Not convinced you can activate a 3 SIM whilst outside UK, so multiple SIMs may not be an option unless pre-activated without credit loaded and you can somehow whilst abroad add £20 credit then convert it to AIO 20 Add-on only when you need to, although that can be done for you via a buddy in the UK whilst you are abroad, or save 2mins from the expiring Add-On to allow yourself to topup/convert from abroad. But don't see the advantage of that rather than topping up one SIM multiple times? Don't bother buy the AYCE data option as max 12GB is available abroad during any one AIO Add-on period.http://www.three.co.uk/Support/pay_as_you_go/Phone_tariffs
Thanks Andy, do you know if you can put an add-on on a recurring renewal and auto topup? Like you can with giffgaff?
Sorry, don't know, but effectively similar service continuity can be achieved via pre-paying to stack the Add-On(s). Also possible for anybody with access to 3's UK PAYG topup tel line to add credit and convert to an Add-On on your behalf even if the recipient SIM is abroad at the time.
#14
drumltd
Thanks
AndyRoyd
Will repeat previous suggestions for 3, but PAYG (not limited to max 30days continuous use abroad, unless t&c change whilst you are away!), which can be achieved via converting £20 credit into the All-in-One 20 Add-On which provides 300 UK mins + 3000 UK txts + 12GB data roaming to use for max 30days or until exhausted. You can stack them on one SIM before you go. Not convinced you can activate a 3 SIM whilst outside UK, so multiple SIMs may not be an option unless pre-activated without credit loaded and you can somehow whilst abroad add £20 credit then convert it to AIO 20 Add-on only when you need to, although that can be done for you via a buddy in the UK whilst you are abroad, or save 2mins from the expiring Add-On to allow yourself to topup/convert from abroad. But don't see the advantage of that rather than topping up one SIM multiple times? Don't bother buy the AYCE data option as max 12GB is available abroad during any one AIO Add-on period.http://www.three.co.uk/Support/pay_as_you_go/Phone_tariffs

Thanks Andy, do you know if you can put an add-on on a recurring renewal and auto topup? Like you can with giffgaff?


yes you can. auto top up set amount each month
#15
drumltd
Thanks
AndyRoyd
Will repeat previous suggestions for 3, but PAYG (not limited to max 30days continuous use abroad, unless t&c change whilst you are away!), which can be achieved via converting £20 credit into the All-in-One 20 Add-On which provides 300 UK mins + 3000 UK txts + 12GB data roaming to use for max 30days or until exhausted. You can stack them on one SIM before you go. Not convinced you can activate a 3 SIM whilst outside UK, so multiple SIMs may not be an option unless pre-activated without credit loaded and you can somehow whilst abroad add £20 credit then convert it to AIO 20 Add-on only when you need to, although that can be done for you via a buddy in the UK whilst you are abroad, or save 2mins from the expiring Add-On to allow yourself to topup/convert from abroad. But don't see the advantage of that rather than topping up one SIM multiple times? Don't bother buy the AYCE data option as max 12GB is available abroad during any one AIO Add-on period.http://www.three.co.uk/Support/pay_as_you_go/Phone_tariffs

Thanks Andy, do you know if you can put an add-on on a recurring renewal and auto topup? Like you can with giffgaff?


yes you can. auto top up set amount each month
#16
Looks like three don't allow tethering on payg. Hmm there is always something when you think you've found the answer.
#17
According to the ee shop if we get a max plan on 30days with a WiFi thing, I'll get full use of the roaming data, however if I just get the SIM I'll only get it on a 12month plan. Bear in mind she's willing to lose the cost of the WiFi thing, I don't think this is a sales ploy.

Anybody know how to check, as once I'm through the tunnel I'm a bit stuffed if it's wrong.

Edited By: drumltd on Feb 24, 2017 13:19
#18
drumltd
Thanks Andy, do you know if you can put an add-on on a recurring renewal and auto topup? Like you can with giffgaff?
srp111
yes you can. auto top up set amount each month
Interesting. Is it also possible to have the auto top-up auto converted to an add-on? And is the auto top-up every month or on exhaustion of the add-on's inclusive allowances? Thanks.
#19
drumltd
Looks like three don't allow tethering on payg. Hmm there is always something when you think you've found the answer.
There is a difference between what is permitted by t&c and what is functional. Tethering by wifi, bluetooth or cable is fully functional on a 3 handset SIM regardless of pay monthly or PAYG via an Android handset and the Foxfi app. The maximum tethering achievable via a single 3 PAYG add-on for "Feel-at-Home" roaming is 12GB (via the AIO20 add-on). Purchase further AIO20 add-ons for futher FAH roaming allowances of max 12GB each.
#20
Thanks Andy what about putting the SIM in a mifi box, can they detect that?

Another option from 3, is to buy a preloaded SIM, these are sold for broadband, include the data and can be used in any feel at home country. Not the cheapest option, but you get round the 60 day limit, by taking enough sims for the trip, and chucking them when they run out of data.
#21
I've used both the Three 321 PAYG and the free 200MB PAYG data sim by buying the addons, worked both in a MIFI and my Dual SIM phone. Was ok for browsing and emails, slow in Mallorca and Rome but very poor in northern France. From what I can tell Three uses some free mobile service in France.
Got the now the Vodafone Red that has 4GB EU roaming and Spotify included through the mobiles.co.uk deal recently, seems to work better than Three that appears to throttle their roaming.
#22
drumltd
Thanks Andy what about putting the SIM in a mifi box, can they detect that?
Another option from 3, is to buy a preloaded SIM, these are sold for broadband, include the data and can be used in any feel at home country. Not the cheapest option, but you get round the 60 day limit, by taking enough sims for the trip, and chucking them when they run out of data.
No personal experience of using 3 SIM in a mifi when roaming; poster above suggests OK. If functional, it would be wise not to attempt to use a 3 handset SIM in a 3-branded mifi as 3 may block it just as they would with that combination in UK. My buddy has previously hit over 100 continuous days in US without issue, with caveat that the PAYG SIM was extensively used in UK before that trip. Not clear if 3 actively enforce its stated 60 continuous days limit now but possibly wise to accept it might and so take a second SIM that has been pre activated and pre topped up with £20 in UK and convert to AIO20 as required. When roaming, it may be wise to convert the second SIMs £20 topup to an AIO20 via another source (first SIM?) rather than the second SIM itself to avoid part of the second SIMs £20 topup being used at standard roaming costs and so dropping the credit below £20. All this may sound complicated but is common sense once the entire concept is grapsed.

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