Roaming Charges

New Lower Rates From July 1st

map of london on smartphoneWhether you are heading abroad on a business trip or a holiday, most of us never go anywhere without our mobile phone, laptop or tablet device. With this huge increase in working remotely or the need to check our Facebook or Twitter wherever we are, telecommunications companies have been forced to slash their roaming charges by order of a bill passed in the European Parliament in May this year to take affect from July 1st.

Where this is good news for most of us, it pays to still be aware of roaming charges for each network and keep an eye out for offers that give you a certain amount of data download for a fixed fee.

Under the new legislation, Irish mobile users will avail of drastically reduced roaming charges, bringing them down from around €5 per MGB to as little as €0.85c after VAT. By the summer of 2013, the price will fall again to 0.45c per MGB of data used, followed by 0.20c by 2014.

These new lower rates will also apply to text messages and calls, meaning that the cost of texting whilst abroad will fall to just 9c from 11c per text and calls will be capped at a maximum of 0.29c per minute to make and 9c per minute to receive.

It is important to note however that these new rates only apply to EU travel, so consumers will still incur higher charges when travelling further afield outside of the EU.

Currently the top Irish mobile phone providers charge the following rates on roaming for data*:

Mobile OperatorNew EU Roaming Charge per MGBNon-EU roaming charge per MGB
e-Mobile 86c €10.41
Meteor 86c €10.24
O2 86c €10.07 (up to 3MGB). Up to 50 MGB FREE, over 50 MGB €10.07 per MGB
Three 86c €5.08
Vodafone Same as the cost in Ireland to roam plus € up to 50 MGB a day €4.99 up to 10MGB per day

*based on bill pay customers and roaming in Spain (EU) and USA (non-EU).

 

Mobile operators roaming charges from EU countries (example based on a trip to Spain) with a bill pay phone.

Mobile OperatorMaking Calls per minReceiving Calls per minSending TextReceiving Text
e-Mobile 35c 9c 11c FREE
Meteor 25c FREE 9c FREE
O2 35c 10c 11c FREE
Three 35c 9c 11c FREE
Vodafone Same as from Ireland FREE 11c FREE

 

Mobile operators roaming charges from non-EU countries (example based on a trip the USA) with a bill pay phone.

Mobile OperatorMaking Calls per minReceiving Calls per minSending TextReceiving Text
e-Mobile €1.72 €1.62 39c FREE
Meteor €1.72 €1.62 40c FREE
O2 €1.11 €1.11 30c FREE
Three €1.78 €1.01 35c FREE
Vodafone Same as from Ireland + 79c connection 79c 30c FREE

 

Sources: www.vodafone.ie, www.o2.ie, www.meteor.ie, www.three.ie, www.emobile.ie. Prices correct as of writing July 2012