The Best UK Networks For International Roaming 2020

In this article Half Cooked will run through the best networks for international roaming, ranking them in order of best to worst. Read the full breakdown below.

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Back in the dark old days, even checking your emails via your mobile phone when abroad could drain all your allowances and you’d end up with a shocking phone bill. Thankfully, over the years things got better and mobile network operators started offering better international roaming deals and rates. With the 2017 EU roaming regulation changes, all the networks in the UK started providing inclusive roaming in the EU.

While things got simpler, the cost of using your phone abroad still depends on many factors, including your choice of mobile network, the country you’re travelling to, your network’s fair usage limits and so on.

In this guide, we’ll cover the most popular UK based networks and how much it’ll cost to use your smartphone abroad with their services. We’ll also talk about some useful tips for getting the most out of your network when travelling abroad.

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Three

three-article-logoThree’s ‘Go Roam’ lets you use your UK allowances in 71 destinations around the world. Go Roam is available to all Three customers (including PAYG) at no extra cost, and at Half Cooked we think it’s the best base roaming deal offered by any UK network.

The network also offers an add-on called ‘Data Passport’ for £5 a day, but it’s only available to pay monthly customers. The data passport gives you unlimited data for a day and it lasts until midnight UK time. You can use this add-on in destinations such Turkey, UAE, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico and more.

In the ‘Go Roam EU’ destinations you can use up to 20GB of your data allowance for free. Once you pass this limit you’ll be subject to surcharges. ‘Go Roam Around the World’ further limits you. If your data allowance is greater than 12GB (including the unlimited data plans), you can only use up to this amount of data. 5000 texts and 3000 minutes are included in the incentive for no extra charge in this zone.

If you’re travelling to a country outside the Go Roam zone, make sure to check Three’s roaming charges. We strongly recommend reading our Three Review to learn everything you need to know about the network.

Go Roam Destinations

Aland Islands, Australia, Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Madeira, Malta, Marie-Galante, Martinique, Mayotte, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic of Ireland, Reunion, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Vatican City, Vietnam.

Data Passport

Azerbaijan, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates + All the countries above.

Vodafone

vodafone-article-logoCurrently Vodafone is the only network in the UK to offer 5G roaming and it comes at no extra cost. You can get Vodafone’s 5G roaming in Germany, Italy and Spain in a total of 70 cities and towns with more countries to follow.

Vodafone’s standard roaming deal is called ‘Global Roaming’ and it includes 51 destinations. Global Roaming is available to all pay monthly customers except Vodafone Basics users. The network’s ‘Unlimited Data Max’ plan includes the Global Roaming Plus feature which allows you to use your UK allowances in a total of 81 destinations. Even more than Three’s Go Roam, however this is a premium offer and it’s a bit costly compared to other offers on the market. Regardless of which roaming deal you get, if you go out of your bundle extra charges will apply.

Vodafone customers are also given the choice to pay £6/day to use their home plan to roam in another 104 different worldwide locations, having said that this alternative could end up getting pricey real fast. The £6 Roam Further add-on runs from midnight to midnight and it’s calculated according to the country you’re visiting.

If you want to learn more about Vodafone, make sure to have a look at our extensive Vodafone Review.

Roam-Free Destinations

Aland Islands, Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus except Northern Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.

Global Roaming Plus

Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Mexico, Montserrat, Mozambique, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, South Africa, Trinidad Tobago, Turkey and Northern Cyprus, Turks and Caicos, USA, Vatican City + All the Roam-Free destinations.

Roam-Further Destinations

Afghanistan, Albania, ANdorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and Northern Cyprus, Turks and Caicos, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

O2

o2-article-logoJust like all the other networks in the UK, O2 also allows you to use your UK minutes, texts and data within the EU zone.

If you’re travelling outside the EU, O2 also offers an add-on or as the network calls it ‘O2 Travel Bolt-On’ that gets you inclusive data roaming in an additional 27 international destinations. This is only available to pay monthly customers, and some of the premium pay monthly contracts come with the O2 Travel perk.

If your plan isn’t eligible you can still purchase the bolt-on for £4.99 a day. It comes with unlimited data, as well as 120 minutes and texts per day. With O2 Travel, you can roam freely in a total of 75 destinations across the world. O2 Travel isn’t available to pay as you go customers though, so in that case standard roaming rates will apply.

O2’s pay as you go users can also benefit from EU roaming, but their deal doesn’t include free roaming in Switzerland, Monaco, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. PAYG customers can alternatively purchase one of the UK & International Bundles, but these only cover UK outbound calls to over 40 destinations.

You can also make international calls from 1p/minute with O2’s International Bolt-on, which is also only available to pay monthly customers. Have a look at our extensive O2 Review to make sure their offers suit your needs.

O2 EU Destinations

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vatican City.

O2 Travel Inclusive Zone Destinations

Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greenland, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, USA, Uruguay, Yemen, Venezuela.

EE

ee-article-logoIn the UK, EE offers the fastest data speeds and by far the best network coverage, as well as best voice call quality. However, when it comes to inclusive roaming the network clearly falls behind its competitors.

EE customers can take their UK minutes, texts and data with them on their travels across the EU in 48 destinations, but that’s pretty much it. It covers all pay monthly, pay as you go, tablet or mobile broadband customers.

The network also offers a roaming add-on called ‘Roam Further’, which adds USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico to the inclusive roaming list. If you’re on one of EE’s Smart Plans you can pick this add-on as a Swappable Benefit for free. Otherwise you’ll have to pay £10/month to include it in your plan.

EE has another add-on for roaming abroad called Travel Data Pass. With this pass you only pay for the days you use mobile data abroad. The pricing for the add-on varies depending on the country you’re travelling to. The pass is available in 56 countries and they’re grouped into three zones. It’s priced at £4.80 a day for 500MB in the USA and Canada, £6 a day for 500MB in Australia, China, India, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and UAE. Rest of the countries included in the pass are priced at also £6 a day, but for 150MB. This deal won’t give you any calls or texts though. You might also want to invest in the ‘World Select Talk and Text’ add-on for £5 a day. However, this add-on gives you unlimited calls and texts only in the USA, Canada, Turkey, Australia and the UAE.

If your domestic data allowance is greater than 15GB, a fair usage policy of 15GB per month will apply while roaming in the EU. You can learn even more about the network by reading our detailed EE Review!

EE’s EU Destinations

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Canary Islands, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Réunion Island, Romania, San Marino, Saint Martin (French), Saint Barthélemy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City.

EE ‘Roam Further’ Destinations

USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico.

VOXI

voxi-article-logoVOXI customers can use their plans at no extra cost in 48 countries in the EU zone. Their UK calls, texts and data will work as normal, including the network’s unique endless social media feature.

If you’re travelling outside VOXI’s EU zone, you’ll have to add credit to your account or else you won’t be able to make calls, send texts or use your data. The rates differ from one country to another. If you have an Endless Data plan, your data will be capped at 25GB in VOXI’s Europe Zone destinations until your plan renews.

VOXI’s EU zone used to include Turkey too, but as of 8th of July 2020 Turkey is no longer included in the network’s Europe Zone. The carrier moved Turkey into Rest of World Zone 1.

VOXI is owned by Vodafone, but unfortunately their roaming deal is quite basic. You can learn more about the carrier by reading our extensive VOXI Review.

VOXI’s EU Destinations

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Canary Islands, Channel Island, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Saint Martin (French), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City.

iD Mobile

id-mobile-article-logoAll iD Mobile plans come with inclusive EU roaming plus four more destinations across the world. These four extra destinations are Azerbaijan, Belarus, Macedonia and Kazakhstan.

The network’s roaming feature allows you to use your UK minutes, texts and data in a total of 50 destinations. The network doesn’t enforce a strict fair usage policy, however if you end up roaming more than you use your phone in the UK over a 4 month period, iD Mobile might believe you’re misusing their inclusive roaming feature and act accordingly. In that case you’ll have to provide solid proof of having strong ties to the UK. However, even if you prove that you’re still a UK resident, surcharges will apply, provided you continue to roam internationally. The amount of data you can use abroad also depends on your monthly plan cost and monthly data allowance.

Make sure to read our extensive iD Mobile Review to learn more about the carrier’s wallet-friendly deals.

iD Mobile’s Band 1 Destinations

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Channel Island, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Vatican City.

iD Mobile’s Band 2 Destinations

Azerbaijan, Belarus, Macedonia, Kazakhstan.

BT Mobile

bt-mobile-article-logoUsing EE’s network, BT Mobile offers great network coverage and data speeds in the UK. This includes 5G coverage too, however BT Mobile’s international roaming feature isn’t really that juicy, but at least you get millions of free Wi-Fi hotspots in the EU.

All BT Mobile plans include international roaming in 47 destinations across Europe. The network splits the EU Zone into two: Roaming Zone 1a and Roaming Zone 1b. Having said that, the only difference between the two zones is if you go over your allowances you’ll have to pay more in Zone 1a than Zone 1b.

ServiceZone 1a£20/month
Calls*35p/min29.1p/min
Texts12p/message10p/message
Data (internet)10p/MB8.3p/MB

If you’re planning to travel outside BT’s EU zone, you’ll need to check roaming charges per country. Alternatively, you can purchase BT Mobile’s ‘Travel Data Pass’, which gets you a 500MB data allowance for £6 a day in the USA, Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, UAE, Thailand, Andorra, Australia, India and South Africa.

You can read our detailed BT Mobile Review to learn about all the other features you can get with the network.

BT Mobile’s Roaming Zone 1a Destinations

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (Incl. Azores & Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Vatican City.

BT Mobile’s Roaming Zone 1b Destinations

Canary Islands, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Iceland, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Mayotte, Norway, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Switzerland.

BT Mobile’s Travel Data Pass Destinations

USA, Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, UAE, Thailand, Andorra, Australia, India and South Africa.

Sky Mobile

sky-mobile-article-logoSky Mobile customers can roam freely in 48 destinations in the EU and EEA. There are no extra costs, provided they don’t finish up their UK allowances. The network’s official website may say you can roam in about 30 destinations, but it’s a bit outdated. You can trust Half Cooked!

The carrier’s base roaming deal is called ‘Roaming Passport’, and as stated above this only includes the EU zone. However, you can purchase the ‘Roaming Passport Plus’ add-on for £6/day and access your UK data, calls and texts in 12 more popular destinations.

If you want to roam outside the EU, you should also make sure your monthly spend cap isn’t set too low. Thankfully you can always change the cap. Just go to sky.com/spendcap. You can also use the rolled over data saved in your Sky Piggybank while roaming in the EU, just like in the UK. Sky’ Mobiles data rollover feature is amazing and we strongly recommend checking it out.

Sky Mobile doesn’t enforce any fair usage policy for EU roaming, but that’s mainly because the network doesn’t offer any large data plans. You can read our Sky Mobile Review to learn more about the network!

Sky Mobile’s Roaming Passport Destinations

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guiana, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Sky Mobile’s Roaming Passport Plus Destinations

USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Qatar, Switzerland, Thailand, Hong Kong, Turkey and Northern Cyprus, Christmas Islands and Cocos Islands.

SMARTY

smarty logoFor SMARTY customers everything works like home, they can use all their allowances in the EU at no extra charge. Since all SMARTY plans come with unlimited calls and texts, the only allowance you’d have to worry about is data. Luckily SMARTY’s large data plans are priced quite competitively, but if you’re travelling in the EU, you’ll be subject to a fair use limit of 20GB/month.

When you’re travelling outside the EU, your SIM will work as a traditional PAYG service. Meaning you’ll have to add credit by purchasing ‘Out of Plan’ add-ons. SMARTY will only charge you for what you use and nothing more. If you don’t use all your ‘Out of plan’ allowances, you can either choose to put that money towards your next month or keep it for another use.

Powered by Three, SMARTY offers some of the most wallet-friendly SIM only deals in the UK. Make sure to read our SMARTY Review and find out what other great features the network offers.

SMARTY’s EU Roaming Destinations

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Comoros / Mayotte, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Superdrug Mobile

superdrug-mobile-article-logoJust like all the other UK based networks, Superdrug Mobile also offers the basic EU roaming deal, and well nothing more than that really.

Travelling in the EU, you can use your UK allowances, however outside the EU you’ll have to add credit to your account via purchasing an add-on. Similar to SMARTY’s deal.

Superdrug Mobile has a pre-set roaming data limit of £52.77 (including VAT) and once you reach the limit you won’t be able to make calls, send texts or use your data. This limit resets every month.

The carrier is running on Three’s network and offers an awesome reward programme if you’re a frequent customer of their stores. Read our Superdrug Mobile Review to discover all the great perks they offer!

Superdrug Mobile’s EU Roaming Destinations

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Comoros & Mayotte, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

giffgaff

giffgaff logoPowered by O2, giffgaff offers the basic EU inclusive roaming on all their plans. There isn’t anything special about the network’s roaming abroad feature.

However, when it comes to the £25 Always On goodybag, after you use up 20 GB of full speed 4G data you’ll be charged 0.36p per MB. As for the £20 goodybag you get 80 GB of data in total, but only 20 GB of which can be used while roaming in the EU.

When travelling outside the EU you’re subject to different rates per country, but giffgaff keeps charges fairly reasonable. You’ll need credit in your account to make calls, send texts or use your data outside the EU destinations. Check out our giffgaff Review to learn more!

giffgaff’s EU Roaming Destinations

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Tesco Mobile

tesco-mobile-article-logoIf you purchased your phone directly from Tesco Mobile it should be already set up to work while you’re abroad.

Tesco’s inclusive EU roaming is called ‘Home From Home’, but it’s just a fancy name. There are no extras or special features included in this service. You can use your minutes, texts and data in the EU zone just as you do at home. As you can guess, they will come out of your monthly allowance. Their pay as you go deals work the same way, you’ll be charged according to your regular UK rates.

If Tesco determines that your use is abusive or in breach of their fair usage policy, they may limit your roaming allowances and/or apply surcharges.

Tesco Mobile is using O2 as its network provider. If you’re interested in joining the network make sure to read our extensive Tesco Mobile Review first. While the network offers 5G Coverage in the UK, outside the country Tesco Mobile’s network coverage jumps between 3G and 4G coverage.

Tesco Mobile’s EU Roaming Destinations

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Virgin Mobile

virgin-mobile-article-logoCurrently powered by EE, Virgin Mobile offers the regular EU inclusive roaming scheme. There are no extra destinations where you can use your UK allowances, and if you use your mobile data outside of the EU, Virgin Mobile will charge you up to £12.50 /MB, depending on the country you’re in.

You can use your UK allowances in selected 43 destinations in the EU, however while you’re travelling in an EU country you’ll be subject to fair use limits. The limit will depend on your monthly data allowance and plan costs. You can calculate your pay monthly EU fair data usage by clicking here. Don’t forget to read our detailed Virgin Mobile Review, if you’re considering joining the network.

Virgin Mobile’s EU Roaming Destinations

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Antilles, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Vatican City.

Plusnet Mobile

plusnet-mobile-article-logoPlusnet Mobile is a low-cost mobile network with low-data plans running on EE’s infrastructure. The carrier’s international roaming scheme is dubbed as ‘Roam Like at Home’ and it allows you to use your UK allowances in 52 EU destinations. There are no special add-ons or anything else to increase the number of countries you can roam like at home, but the carrier covers more EU destinations than most other mobile virtual networks anyway.

The network limits your roaming data usage to a maximum of 15GB/month, and beyond that point surcharges apply. You can read Plusnet Mobile Review to learn more about the network.

Plusnet’s EU Roaming Destinations

Aland Islands, Andorra, Anguilla, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finlands, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Reunion, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.

1p Mobile

1p-mobile-article-logoAnother mobile virtual network operator powered by EE, 1p Mobile offers the best pay as you go deals in the UK. The network allows you to roam like at home in 46 destinations in their EU zone, however, if you purchased their 10GB data boost (monthly bundle) you are only permitted to use 7.5GB/month at max.

Outside the EU, just like the other networks extra charges may apply and rates depend on the country you’re travelling to. We can’t really recommend 1p Mobile for roaming as there are many other options with much better inclusive roaming deals, however, this doesn’t mean 1p Mobile is a bad choice. It’s just not the best one in most cases. If you want to discover more about the network, you can always read our up to date 1p Mobile Review.

1p Mobile’s EU Roaming Destinations

Austria, Azores , Balearic Islands , Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands , Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.

Talkmobile

talkmobile-article-logoOwned and powered by Vodafone, Talkmobile offers 30-day and 12-month SIM Only plans. All their price plans come with unlimited UK calls and texts and the networks let you roam like at home in 41 EU destinations. The network is a low-cost option and their roaming deal is nothing fancy.

Talkmobile accounts are set to have roaming turned off so you’ll have to turn your roaming on manually. You can do this by calling 5880, it doesn’t take long at all.

Outside the EU, rates differ depending on the country you’re visiting while using your mobile device. You can learn all about the network by reading our Talkmobile Review.

Talkmobile’s EU Roaming Zone 1 Destinations

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus (Excludes Northern Cyprus), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Talkmobile’s EU Roaming Zone 2 Destinations

French Guiana, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Norway, Reunion, St Pierre & Miquelon.

ASDA Mobile

asda-mobile-article-logoASDA Mobile is owned and operated by the supermarket brand ASDA in the UK, and it’s using EE’s network to provide 2G, 3G and 4G coverage. The carrier mainly offers a traditional PAYG service at great rates and they also have monthly rolling bundles.

The carrier lets you use your bundle allowances in 50 destinations across the EU. If you’re on their classic pay as you go service, you’ll pay the same call, text and data charges as you do in the UK.

Outside the network’s European zone rates change per country. You can read our extensive ASDA Mobile Review to learn everything you need to know about their offers.

ASDA Mobile’s EU Roaming Destinations

Andorra, Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.

To The Moon Mobile

tothemoon-mobile-article-logoTo The Moon Mobile is the youngest mobile network operator on the UK’s mobile market. The carrier is operating on EE’s network and even offering voice call quality improving features like 4G Calling & Wi-Fi Calling. There are no credit checks so anyone can join their network and all their plans are 30-day SIM Only deals.

To The Moon Mobile’s EU Roaming Destinations

28 destinations in Europe

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my UK allowances in Northern Cyprus as well?

Unless your roaming deal includes Turkey as well, that’s a no. Make sure you’re not connected to a Turkish network when visiting Cyprus or extra charges will apply.

Can I tether when I’m roaming abroad?

Yes, you can tether freely when you’re abroad. Just make sure you have enough data and remember that tethering eats up data at a much faster rate. You should also keep in mind that networks have fair use limits. Check your network’s fair usage limits before you tether regularly when travelling abroad.

Can I switch between networks and keep my phone number?

Yes you can. Provided you’re not locked into a long term contract with your current network, you can easily switch to a new provider and keep your phone number. Just get your PAC code from your current mobile network and pass it on to your new carrier and they’ll do the rest.

Do Wi-Fi Calling or 4G Calling work when abroad?

Unfortunately, neither Wi-Fi Calling or 4G Calling works outside the UK. Currently it’s the same on any UK network.

Can I get 5G coverage while roaming?

At the moment only Vodafone and VOXI offer 5G coverage when roaming abroad. The other networks offer 4G coverage and data speeds at best.

What countries are included in EU roaming?

It depends from network to network, but the base roaming scheme must include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway.

I don’t travel abroad in the EU, do I need to turn off my roaming? Will I be charged?

No, you’re all fine. As long as you’re in the UK or one of the inclusive roaming destinations you won’t face any extra charges.