Vodafone extends 4G roaming to 73 destinations

Vodafone said its UK 4G subscribers will now be able to roam onto 4G networks in 73 destinations after the operator added Morocco, Turks and Caicos and Uruguay to the list.

The operator claimed it now offers 4G roaming in more destinations globally than any other UK mobile provider. It said all Vodafone 4G customers could benefit from the faster data speeds abroad without the need to subscribe to a special plan such as Vodafone WorldTraveller or Business Traveller.

As for its rival operators, O2 UK says under its terms and conditions that 4G roaming is not currently available with its 4G services.

On its web site, EE lists 45 countries where 4G roaming is available, and offers roaming plans under special packages for an extra fee. Three UK provides the Feel At Home roaming service to its users at no extra charge, and lists 19 destinations where the service is available.

Vodafone also said it has extended the total number of its roaming destinations under Vodafone WorldTraveller and Vodafone EuroTraveller by 28 countries, taking the total number to 98 across Europe and the rest of the world.

Furthermore, Vodafone Business Traveller has been extended to include 54 new destinations allowing business users on selected price plans to also take their home price plan abroad to nearly 100 destinations across Europe and the rest of the world.

Mobile operators in the European Union ultimately face the abolition of roaming charges from the middle of 2017.

As of June 15, 2017, mobile users travelling in the EU will pay the same prices for voice calls, texts and data as at home. Fees will also be cheaper from April 2016. From this point, operators will only be able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices up to €0.05 ($0.05) per minute of call made, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per MB of data.

For more:
- see this Vodafone release

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