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December 13, 2021 - By:

EU free roaming extended for 10 years

EU free roaming scheme will be renewed for another ten years, under plans informally agreed between MEPs and the Slovenian Presidency of the Council.

Under the agreement, which is a follow-up to the 2017 elimination of roaming surcharges, mobile users with sim cards registered in EU countries can continue using their mobiles when in other EU countries with no additional charges.

The news will no doubt be welcomed be truck drivers who transport goods across various EU countries, as it means they can continue to avoid additional charges.

In addition, roaming providers will be obliged to offer the same roaming quality as those offered domestically, if the same conditions are available on the network in the visiting country.

Finally, travellers will also have access to emergency services without any additional charge – whether by call or text message, including the transmission of caller location information.

Unfortunately, Brexit means UK-based lorry drivers with British sim cards will not be so lucky.

In September, mobile operator Three joined Vodafone and EE in announcing roaming charges, while O2 also decided to implement a data cap for its customers while they are in the EU. Drivers who haven’t already found another provider or got themselves a sim-card from an EU country may thus wish to do so in the near future to avoid extra costs.

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