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barryd
21-12-2010, 12:06
This was put on FACTs a few days ago and I thought it should be spread around the forums.

Vodafone have announced cheaper roaming charges for mobiles in Europe. 25MB per day for 2 or monthly for 10. This is for the popular countries, Spain, France etc. Albania and the like the allowance drops to 5MB per day.

Using the internet abroad - it's easy on Vodafone (http://www.vodafone.co.uk/personal/price-plans/managing-my-costs/travelling-abroad/using-the-internet-abroad/)

Countries covered
http://www.vodafone.co.uk/Lightbox/VFTST061981

Vodafone users should phone 40062 to opt into the Data Traveler Plan. You needn't wait until you go abroad.

Vodafone also permits your phone to act as a wifi hotspot, so it is easy to get this data on your notepad or laptop through your everyday phone. Just ensure you turn off unnecessary automatic downloads (critical updates, virus updates, etc.). Updates can eat into your 25MB daily allowance. Turn them back on when your in a wifi zone.

Vodafone generally is regarded as having the most accessible network in the UK with extensive partner networks abroad.

It seems there are two deals on offer. You can sign up for the 2 a day deal for up to 25MB. or you can sign up for 10 per month for up to 25MB per day, every day. I called Vodafone to get the low down on this and you will only get charged on the daily tariff if you use it. So if you don't connect one day you wont get a bill. I also asked if you can opt in and out of the monthly scheme and apparently you can. This could be ideal if your going away for a month or two or more to Europe as it means you can have daily Internet usage for 10 per month. If your already paying 40 a month or more on contract (why anyone would be is beyond me) you will get the allowance FOC.

Now 25MB which is the daily limit is not a huge amount but its enough to check emails a few times a day, do a few posts on here or plan your next Aire, campsite or places of interest. Vodafone say they will send you a text if you are getting near the daily limit. After that its 1 a MB.

They say this is for phone sims only. The data USB dongle will remain at 9.99 per day for up to 50MB which is a bit daft. However it is quite easy to set up your phone as a modem on the PC and Vodafone have talked me through this in the past. I suspect it will be straight forward to put a vodafone phone sim in a dongle as well although I haven't done this yet. (will try this afternoon).

I think you can opt into the daily scheme at anytime but you will only get charged when you use it. For the monthly scheme Vodafone told me to get in touch before I go away so they can turn it on and then when I get back so they can turn it off.

I personally think this is a great step forward.

Firefox
21-12-2010, 13:44
Now 25MB which is the daily limit is not a huge amount but its enough to check emails a few times a day, do a few posts on here or plan your next Aire, campsite or places of interest. Vodafone say they will send you a text if you are getting near the daily limit. After that its 1 a MB.
"1 a MB" is a complete scam job for out of package bandwidth. It's not costing them that, or anything like it. Why can't they charge you another 2 for another 25 MB? You could easily run up a bill of 80 or so if you miss the warning text.

Just another example of the phone companies apparently offering a deal, and then hoping to rip off big time a few people who go over quite a small limit.

barryd
21-12-2010, 14:03
True but its the cheapest way to connect to the internet in Europe via a mobile right now by a mile. If I can get it working in the dongle you can set the limit yourself in the software to warn you. Same with dial up networking connection using the phone as a modem. You can check what you have used although not as easy.

watchthis
21-12-2010, 15:48
Vodafone launches EU Internet Data Roaming deal

Hi barryd
As we have no thank you button at the moment--Just like to say thank you for the very imformative post--well done:D
Bye For now
freddie

novice1968
21-12-2010, 16:38
T-mobile does simular deal for 10/30days
EU countries only

barryd
21-12-2010, 17:49
Thought the T Mobile deal was about 40. Maybe they are all seeing sense then.

John Thompson
22-12-2010, 07:26
Pity it doesn't cover dongle users. I have been going on at them for quite a while now about roaming charges.

barryd
22-12-2010, 07:46
Well maybe it does (sort of). I just stuck my phone sim in my Vodafone Dongle and connected and it works, Im replying to this post using a dongle and sim out of my phone which would be the one registered for the new roaming deal. Cant see why that wouldnt work abroad.

baloothebear
23-12-2010, 18:24
All the Mobile companies are as bad as each other. The only reason, I suspect, is that they know that the EU Parliament is going to force the price of raoming down even more.
The last two times the prices were forced down all the mobile companies made out that they were the good guys and the EU were the bad.
I wouldn't be surprised to see charges go even lower as the EU Parliament appears to be gunning for all of them.


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