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    News - Roaming charges in Europe are "economic madness"

    As 94 per cent of Europeans limit use of mobiles when outside their home country.
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    Re: News - Roaming charges in Europe are "economic madness"

    good. Finally some sense! The sooner they end this roaming charge BS the better.

    Let's hope they do the same re banks charging fees for withdrawing money from a foreign cash machine/using credit card abroad.

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    Re: News - Roaming charges in Europe are "economic madness"

    AFAIK 3 is the only network which allows you to use your contract allowance in many countries:

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/free...tomers-1641943


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

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    Re: News - Roaming charges in Europe are "economic madness"

    A bit of a non-event article to me... Firstly, it's mainly about data roaming so the title is a bit misleading. Secondly, it only mentions the recent drastic reduction in cost in one sentence at the end.

    The reality is, mostly you are using a different companies phone network when overseas or in the EU. You can't expect your home phone network to cover the cost, just like if you are in a poor signal area in the UK, the other networks don't cover it.

    It also mentions people not using Twitter and Facebook while abroad. Try asking how many people would use mobile data to check these if it wasn't included in your contract and you would get similar results.

    Overall, I feel most of this article is pretty obvious. Perhaps one day there will be reciprocal agreements between the phone companies like there are between the UK banks but the reality is, I wonder if there is enough incentive for them to do this and certainly not without the EU pushing for it.

    p.s. There are a lot of countries in the world where you have to pay to use a cash point from different banks.

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    Re: News - Roaming charges in Europe are "economic madness"

    Quote Originally Posted by josephlck View Post
    ...The reality is, mostly you are using a different companies phone network when overseas or in the EU. You can't expect your home phone network to cover the cost, just like if you are in a poor signal area in the UK, the other networks don't cover it.
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    That needn't really be the case though. All of the UK physical networks have parent companies that run numerous networks across the globe so it's entirely possible to stay within your own brand across.

    See the following image for where in the world vodafone operate.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vo...-footprint.jpg

    orange isn't quite so many

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fr...activities.png

    but then T-mobile is also part of the 'EE' network

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:De..._locations.svg

    how about 02

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Te...operations.png

    Three are the only ones not to have a global map of operations but they have a presence in quite a few countries.

    Interestingly the I was recently in Portugal and the only vodafone have a presence out there.

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    Re: News - Roaming charges in Europe are "economic madness"

    If they offered roaming packages at reasonable prices i would happily buy them. At the moment its like they just don't want you to use your phone abroad.

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    Re: News - Roaming charges in Europe are "economic madness"

    Mark, can you point me in the direction of which French companies allow you to roam free of charge?

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