Top Tips On How To Avoid Paying Expensive Roaming Charges When In The EU

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Published: 13th August 2012
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Millions of UK mobile consumers will travel throughout Europe each and every year. With their beloved smartphone at hand each and every day with friends, family and Google at their fingertips it can be difficult to remember that the cost of sending a message or call whilst on holiday can be an expensive mistake.

Roaming charges throughout the EU and other continents are the travellers worst nightmare with many victims having already been sent a bill costing thousands of pounds. Fortunately, UK travellers are getting a better deal with the EU parliament launching new proposals that will improve roaming regulations for all UK travellers. The regulations that came into force on the 1st July 2012, have helped reduce the cost of messaging, calling and data roaming charges. Also enforcing service providers to implement stricter rules by placing a cap on the cost of calls and mobile data used whilst abroad and also increasing clarity for consumers.

With plans on cost reducing throughout the next two years, there is hope that it may be possible to access mobile internet on holiday and not have to worry about an enormous bill on your return. By the end of 2014 calls in the EU plan to be capped at 0.19 per minute. Messaging is set to be capped at 0.06, and data roaming also dropping to a surprising 0.20 per megabyte.

But in the mean time, for those about to leave soon there are many alternatives out there that can help reduce the amount spent on contacting those you love whilst on holiday. Even reducing the amount so that it becomes absolutely 100% free.

Voice Over Internet Protocol

A much loved technological advancement that millions are unable to live without. Providing free calls and internet to millions all over the world. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) allows a computer or mobile device to conduct calls, text message and other forms of communication such as video chat. The only requirement is that a VoIP app or software program has been installed. Then an internet connection with Wi-Fi being the preferred and easiest option to find when on holiday. Most are provided free at hotels or for a small cost. If this is not available then local cafe's are likely to provide complimentary internet access.

Depending on the app or software program, face-to-face calls can be achieved for free for an unlimited time. Most apps for smartphones provide a text messaging service that can be used when connected to a Wi-Fi connection. The only requirement is that both parties have the same app installed, but this should be no problem with some advanced planning.

International Calling Cards and Access Numbers

Another alternative to using VoIP and Wi-Fi, depending on the location of your travels, it's possible to encourage family and friends to contact you. International calling cards and access numbers can provide instant and cheap calls from a landline or mobile phone as long as the call is made from the UK. Calling cards provide versatility with many different amounts available, for example 5, 10 or even 50 can be spent on a pre-paid card to provide access to yourself. Another great solution can be to use online access numbers that are similar to calling cards but these work by dialling an access number before the actual contact number. This allows your service provider to bill you accordingly, with no strings attached. These calls can cost as little as 1p per minute from both a landline and mobile phone. Making cheap calls to Bangladesh, Spain, Germany and hundreds of other countries around the world and not just in Europe almost free. Giving friends and family no excuse not to contact you and keep in regular contact throughout your holiday.

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