FREE EU ROAMING with Vodafone (Other networks from 15th July)
1170°Expired

FREE EU ROAMING with Vodafone (Other networks from 15th July)

279
Found 6th May 2016

update - includes other networks also (check with your provider)

Examples

Plusnet
ID Mobile
Virgin
Gift Gaff
Three
O2
EE
Tesco


2443260.jpg
Vodafone have now recently announced that they are introducing FREE EU INCLUSIVE ROAMING in 40 counties for all NEW and UPGRADING customers on their RED Plans. (Similar to Three's Feel at Home which cover 19 EU destinations, however this includes 40 nations).

The new bundles will have unlimited roaming calls, texts and picture messages with a generous monthly data allowance of up to 4GB also included, all of which can be enjoyed from Norway to Turkey and almost everywhere in between.

Data however is capped at and the restriction will vary depending on your plan, but by way of example, an 8GB Red Value bundle will give you 2GB of inclusive data, while a 12GB Red Value plan gives you 4GB of data.

List of countries will be noted below. Enjoy!

Only applies to new customers from today. 6/5/16
Existing customers are excluded.
- rapid111111

... And upgrading customers from today
- rapid111111

I've been in contact with Vodafone who have said they have no set release date for roaming. In other words according to CS, their manager and their manager, no date is confirmed or decided if they will implement these changes. I was told over the phone on 3/5/16 that these changes would take effect, but there is no official confirmation.

I have recorded my call when I signed, so I have evidence. Recording someone's call, especially a business is entirely legal. My advice is never to agree to a contract without recording the call.

- intime
Community Updates

Groups

Top comments
Avatar
deleted494932
jrw

That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it … That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it off their own back whilst the government takes the credit and uses it as a reason to stay in the EU. If it was the case then Three wouldn't offer inclusive roaming to none EU states....It is the operators and the communications regulators that are pushing it, not the EU.



Doing it off their own back? Pull the other one.

They have been milking the system for years. EU legislation is forcing their hand.
Avatar
deleted494932
Dyslexic_Dog

I thought there was some sort of ruling coming into force that mobile … I thought there was some sort of ruling coming into force that mobile operators had to scrap roaming charges, or did I somehow imagine that?



That's happening in 2017.

(Though of course, if we leave the EU, then we'll be back to full price roaming. #remain )
wenttoabetterplace

That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then … That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then we'll be back to full price roaming. #remain )


Rubbish, I'm afraid. The European Union is not even responsible for the changes in roaming charges.

The EU was first asked to abolish roaming charges by a global body called the International Telephone Users Group (INTUG) way back in 1999. Typically, though, the EU dragged its feet, so much so that eventually INTUG approached another global body, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD involved a third global body, the International Telecommunications Union, which used the rules of a fourth, the World Trade Organisation, to ensure that by 2013 roaming charges were being abolished right across the world, the EU well down in the queue.

In or out of the EU, this would have happened anyway. The difference is that Britain being out of the European Union would mean we could join a lot of these International Groups and Committees (which we cannot do as part of the EU) and actually have a say in the way so many of our laws and regulations are being created. #Leave
jrw

That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it … That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it off their own back whilst the government takes the credit and uses it as a reason to stay in the EU. If it was the case then Three wouldn't offer inclusive roaming to none EU states....It is the operators and the communications regulators that are pushing it, not the EU.


ROFL. Off their own back!!? Funniest thing I've read on this site..... And that's saying something.
The networks have been raking it in for the last 20 years with these unreasonable charges, and you have the nerve/ignorance/naivety to laud them for their long overdue demise? Ah, the humour.
279 Comments
Here are the countries that Vodafone's inclusive roaming covers: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey & Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (including Corsica), French Territories, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy (including Vatican City), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores & Madeira), Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including the Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Might want to add red bundles to the title as I'm sure this isn't for everyone.
Also new and upgrades as the title is a little deciving.
Edited by: "mallie21" 6th May 2016
I'm on chat with Vodafone now and they've confirmed that it is included on my package and I'm 8 months into my contract....might be one of those things you need to ask for
I thought there was some sort of ruling coming into force that mobile operators had to scrap roaming charges, or did I somehow imagine that?
That's class. Vodafone have had some good deals lately so this will be a nice addition. Think other providers will follow as roaming charges are set to be abolished next year
Avatar
deleted494932
Dyslexic_Dog

I thought there was some sort of ruling coming into force that mobile … I thought there was some sort of ruling coming into force that mobile operators had to scrap roaming charges, or did I somehow imagine that?



That's happening in 2017.

(Though of course, if we leave the EU, then we'll be back to full price roaming. #remain )
wenttoabetterplace

That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then … That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then we'll be back to full price roaming. #remain )



​Thanks, at least I know I'm not going mad and had imagined it! :-)
wenttoabetterplace

That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then … That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then we'll be back to full price roaming. #remain )


May be, however, even after exit from EU, UK legislators can easily enact in a copy cat way any good EU law.
wenttoabetterplace

That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then … That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then we'll be back to full price roaming. #remain )



That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it off their own back whilst the government takes the credit and uses it as a reason to stay in the EU. If it was the case then Three wouldn't offer inclusive roaming to none EU states....

It is the operators and the communications regulators that are pushing it, not the EU.
Should be in Freebies section
benblake

Here are the countries that Vodafone's inclusive roaming covers: Albania, … Here are the countries that Vodafone's inclusive roaming covers: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey & Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (including Corsica), French Territories, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy (including Vatican City), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores & Madeira), Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including the Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.



By far the best list of included countries when compared to 3, EE, Tesco etc and it includes data!
Rarely do the others include places like Albania!
Not voting either way but for me Three is a better deal. Three includes many countries around the world including the US. Plus there is no cap.
Avatar
deleted494932
jrw

That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it … That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it off their own back whilst the government takes the credit and uses it as a reason to stay in the EU. If it was the case then Three wouldn't offer inclusive roaming to none EU states....It is the operators and the communications regulators that are pushing it, not the EU.



Doing it off their own back? Pull the other one.

They have been milking the system for years. EU legislation is forcing their hand.
It also looks like it's only to new and upgrading customers! Absolute con!
Avatar
deleted494932
splender

May be, however, even after exit from EU, UK legislators can easily enact … May be, however, even after exit from EU, UK legislators can easily enact in a copy cat way any good EU law.



UK legislators cannot just pick and choose the good bits from EU law. If you want the benefits of zero roaming charges, then you have to be signed up to the vast majority of other EU legislation (Norway isn't in the EU, but has to adopt around 95% of EU laws, and cannot restrict migration flows. Same with Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Iceland)
jrw

That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it … That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it off their own back whilst the government takes the credit and uses it as a reason to stay in the EU. If it was the case then Three wouldn't offer inclusive roaming to none EU states....It is the operators and the communications regulators that are pushing it, not the EU.


The carriers are jumping before they are pushed, but European legislation is forcing the scrapping of roaming charges. While Three started rolling this policy out in selected countries where it has negotiated the ability to with local roaming partners, to pretend that all the networks will go down this route off their own back without having been forced to is very wishful thinking.

There is a lot wrong with Europe, but there are a few positives too, and this is an example of one of them (at least from the consumer perspective, not so much from the network perspective!)
wenttoabetterplace

UK legislators cannot just pick and choose the good bits from EU law. If … UK legislators cannot just pick and choose the good bits from EU law. If you want the benefits of zero roaming charges, then you have to be signed up to the vast majority of other EU legislation (Norway isn't in the EU, but has to adopt around 95% of EU laws, and cannot restrict migration flows. Same with Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Iceland)


OK, UK can enact any law they like then once exited.
But I believe there is a £3 charge to pay for each day you use your phone in Europe. or is that a separate thing altogether??
splender

OK, UK can enact any law they like then once exited.


We cant just emulate or copy laws that require the legislative and legal integration which exists within the EU, if we are acting from outside of it... Not unless the Europeans want to extend us a lot of good will at their expense. Take the case being discussed here. How exactly do we create a law that binds foreign mobile providers in other countries to give our citizens (or indeed our networks) preferential treatment? How is that feasible or enforceable at all?!
Edited by: "happyblob" 6th May 2016
jouster

I'm on chat with Vodafone now and they've confirmed that it is included … I'm on chat with Vodafone now and they've confirmed that it is included on my package and I'm 8 months into my contract....might be one of those things you need to ask for



Chat is wrong. Most people at Vodafone are confused. It's only for new red customers from today. Thats why the tariffs previous to today were all cheaper than now.
AAI

But I believe there is a £3 charge to pay for each day you use your phone … But I believe there is a £3 charge to pay for each day you use your phone in Europe. or is that a separate thing altogether??



Separate. It's free for new red customers from today. Except if they go over their roaming data allowance
This seems like an excellent motivation for existing Vodafone customers to take their custom elsewhere!!
Well I've now got it and it cost me nothing. Happy days.
phatdaveuk

Not voting either way but for me Three is a better deal. Three includes … Not voting either way but for me Three is a better deal. Three includes many countries around the world including the US. Plus there is no cap.


I also think Three has the better deal but there was a cap last time I checked (25GB)
not exactly free. you pay extra £3 each month but great deal for those.
Not the USA! Three covers the USA!
About time
chamblacha

That's class. Vodafone have had some good deals lately so this will be a … That's class. Vodafone have had some good deals lately so this will be a nice addition. Think other providers will follow as roaming charges are set to be abolished next year



If you look at their website the deals aren't as good anymore. In reflection of these eu roaming allowances probably
Avatar
deleted494932
happyblob

We cant just emulate or copy laws that require the legislative and legal … We cant just emulate or copy laws that require the legislative and legal integration which exists within the EU, if we are acting from outside of it... Not unless the Europeans want to extend us a lot of good will at their expense. Take the case being discussed here. How exactly do we create a law that binds foreign mobile providers in other countries to give our citizens (or indeed our networks) preferential treatment? How is that feasible or enforceable at all?!



I wouldn't expect an answer to your questions any time soon. Your reply ended the debate!

(May it be a lesson to all those Brexiter's that think we can just leave the EU party, but still dip back in for all of the good stuff! #remain )
Edited by: "deleted494932" 6th May 2016
jrw

That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it … That wont make an iota of difference. The mobile providers are doing it off their own back whilst the government takes the credit and uses it as a reason to stay in the EU. If it was the case then Three wouldn't offer inclusive roaming to none EU states....It is the operators and the communications regulators that are pushing it, not the EU.


ROFL. Off their own back!!? Funniest thing I've read on this site..... And that's saying something.
The networks have been raking it in for the last 20 years with these unreasonable charges, and you have the nerve/ignorance/naivety to laud them for their long overdue demise? Ah, the humour.
Just spoke to Vodafone chat moaning about it being for new customers (ok i appreciate the prices are higher now) but I said i don't upgrade until midway next year and have a lot of travelling around Europe to do until then, person said that there's good news for old customers like me...no more Euro Traveller £3 fee :-)
wenttoabetterplace

That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then … That's happening in 2017. (Though of course, if we leave the EU, then we'll be back to full price roaming. #remain )


Rubbish, I'm afraid. The European Union is not even responsible for the changes in roaming charges.

The EU was first asked to abolish roaming charges by a global body called the International Telephone Users Group (INTUG) way back in 1999. Typically, though, the EU dragged its feet, so much so that eventually INTUG approached another global body, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD involved a third global body, the International Telecommunications Union, which used the rules of a fourth, the World Trade Organisation, to ensure that by 2013 roaming charges were being abolished right across the world, the EU well down in the queue.

In or out of the EU, this would have happened anyway. The difference is that Britain being out of the European Union would mean we could join a lot of these International Groups and Committees (which we cannot do as part of the EU) and actually have a say in the way so many of our laws and regulations are being created. #Leave
That's poor. I have 2 lines with Vf on red contracts which comes to £80/£90 a month. And they want £3 a day for me to use my phone on holiday in Spain.
Avatar
deleted494932
splender

OK, UK can enact any law they like then once exited.



Yep, and if you think a Conservative led government will enact consumer favouring laws, then you are in cuckoo land.

In fact, just how much of the following poster do you think would have been achieved in the UK if not for the EU? If you are relatively poor, disenfranchised, a minority, or female, then your life would be demonstrably worse if not for the EU's safeguards.

Plus, cheap travel and cheap mobile roaming charges make the summer breaks that much nice
phoenix_af

Just spoke to Vodafone chat moaning about it being for new customers (ok … Just spoke to Vodafone chat moaning about it being for new customers (ok i appreciate the prices are higher now) but I said i don't upgrade until midway next year and have a lot of travelling around Europe to do until then, person said that there's good news for old customers like me...no more Euro Traveller £3 fee :-)



He also said the website will be updated shortly to reflect there being no more charge for existing customers. I've saved the email so I expect to have free data when I'm in Italy next month!
steslatt

I also think Three has the better deal but there was a cap last time I … I also think Three has the better deal but there was a cap last time I checked (25GB)



Its capped at 12GB now.
Avatar
deleted494932
ChrisPalmer

Rubbish, I'm afraid. The European Union is not even responsible for the … Rubbish, I'm afraid. The European Union is not even responsible for the changes in roaming charges.The EU was first asked to abolish roaming charges by a global body called the International Telephone Users Group (INTUG) way back in 1999. Typically, though, the EU dragged its feet, so much so that eventually INTUG approached another global body, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD involved a third global body, the International Telecommunications Union, which used the rules of a fourth, the World Trade Organisation, to ensure that by 2013 roaming charges were being abolished right across the world, the EU well down in the queue.In or out of the EU, this would have happened anyway. The difference is that Britain being out of the European Union would mean we could join a lot of these International Groups and Committees (which we cannot do as part of the EU) and actually have a say in the way so many of our laws and regulations are being created. #Leave



Haha - I love how impartial the website looks from which you take that quote

http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=86019

P.S.
How is that global roaming thing coming along? As far as I can tell, the EU is one of the few areas globally where prices are falling dramatically (and will fall to zero in just a year).
Travel to Africa, Asia, S.America, and roaming charges are exorbitant. So it matters little who instigated the call for removing global roaming charges. What matters is the political body that is actually making it happen. That political body certainly isn't (and never would be) a Conservative government. It is the EU.

Be careful what you wish for.
Edited by: "deleted494932" 6th May 2016
tovers93

By far the best list of included countries when compared to 3, EE, Tesco … By far the best list of included countries when compared to 3, EE, Tesco etc and it includes data!Rarely do the others include places like Albania!



How many people visit Albania?
I would much rather have America included like 3 does, instead of Albania, Romania etc.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text