On June 15th, UK mobile operators will be forced to abolish roaming fees for customers travelling across Europe, thanks to a European Commission directive that's been two years in the making. Britain's biggest carrier, EE, must abide by the new law, but it won't let that stop it from taking some of the plaudits. Today, the company announced that it will "launch European roaming for all customers at no extra cost". The launch date? June 15th.
From next month, customers can utilise the calls, texts and data they enjoy at home while travelling in 47 European destinations. EE is doing a little more than necessary, adding a handful of European destinations that aren't in the EU. For comparison, Vodafone offers 40 European countries, while Three includes 42 global destinations (O2 has yet to announce anything). Since August 2016, subscribers to EE's Max plans have enjoyed worry-free European roaming, but thanks to the Commission, it'll be available to all customers regardless of their tariff.
Instead of enjoying the same deal as everyone else, Max subscribers will gain access to their minutes, texts and data in 52 countries around the world. The operator includes popular destinations like the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. It'll sweeten the deal for anyone signing up to its premium plans from May 10th.
The full list of European countries: Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar (UK), Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Islands, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French), San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and Vatican City, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Monaco, Isle of Man, Jersey & Guernsey.