Roaming rates slashed. Now just £470 per GB!

Roaming rates slashed. Now just £470 per GB!

Blow up the balloons, order a cake, we’re going to have a party! Roaming rates are dropping today. New EU limits kick in to…slightly reduce your costs. Data especially is now a lot cheaper, but we’re still a long way from being able to use phones as we do back home.

Data is now 39p per MB, calls are capped at 21p per minute and texts at 7p each. After adding the 20% VAT this goes up a notch, and as an example EE are charging 45.9p per MB (which works out at £470.02 per GB), 24.5p per minute for a call back home and 8.1p per text.

The EE rates page, like the text I received above, shows these new rates but if you’re an Orange customer then you’ll pay a bit less – 42p per MB four your data, 8p for each text and 24p per minute for a call. Strangely I’m an Orange customer and I’ve been sent the wrong rates. Confusing.

If you are a T-Mobile customer then you’ll pay the EE rates.

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  • Shame we cant see cost vs price…. I bet there is a big difference.

  • Eric

    That is pay as you go pricing?

  • the_prof

    It’s still stupidly expensive really, for what it is. Data is still very overpriced in this country, let alone roaming. If you are a visitor to the UK, it’s very easy to pick up a PAYG SIM card for very little, pre-loaded with data, calls and texts. It’s a bit more challenging around Europe. There are really very few expenses for the phone companies – everything is automated now, and quite often you’re dealing with the same company (Voda, etc). So really, it shouldn’t be this expensive, and bundles should be much more readily available IMHO.