Roaming in the UK may be re-paid

It reintroduces the EU roaming charge on the UK’s largest mobile operator, BT-owned EE, albeit not exactly in the form it was used before, before the entry into force of the 2017 Roaming Regulation (when Britain was still a member of the EU). The company has announced that it will bill its customers (including all EU member states except Ireland) a daily flat rate of GBP 2 (approximately HUF 820 at a daily exchange rate) in roaming environments for its customers concluding or renewing contracts from 7 July. Customers can also redeem this with a 30-day, 10-pound (approx. HUF 4,100) “roaming pass”.

The decision is in stark contrast to the service provider’s previous position, communicated during the BREXIT negotiations and ending the transition period, which was shared by all players in the UK mobile market. Companies, although they have every legal opportunity to do so, have previously unanimously stated that they will not charge their customers any surcharges if they use their mobile phones in an EU country, meaning that everything will remain as if Britain has not left the EU. -t.

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In addition to EE, another market player is changing its roaming pricing in the summer, albeit to a much lesser extent for customers: O2 comes with a 25GB fair use roaming data cap, which the service provider can achieve for each additional GB used 3, It will bill £ 5, while Three will reduce the EU fair use data limit from 20GB to 12GB.

Although the current changes only affect customers of UK service providers for the time being, the pricing of roaming services has always been the result of bilateral negotiations due to the nature of the service (however, the EU has gradually entered into wholesale and retail pricing since 2007). With BREXIT, UK and EU operators have once again been given a free hand in terms of pricing within a certain framework, and EE was the first to indicate its intention to expect additional roaming revenues, which it promises to use to develop domestic networks.

It is not yet known whether EE will also benefit from wholesale pricing, ie would also charge a higher amount from roaming partners – which could affect the telecommunications costs of mobile subscribers traveling from EU Member States to the UK.


Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.

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