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UK mobile operator Three has revealed plans to bring back roaming charges for new and upgrading customers when they travel in the EU, following similar moves by rivals Vodafone and EE.

Roaming charges were abolished in the European Union in 2017 but the benefit was not protected in the Brexit agreement Britain signed with the bloc.

All three companies had said, in advance of Brexit, that they had no plans to reintroduce them.

But a Three spokesperson confirmed on Thursday: "From 23 May 2022 customers who have taken out a new contract or upgraded with Three from 1 October 2021 will pay a charge of £2 pounds per day when roaming within the EU".

"Pay as you go customers and customers who have taken out a contract before 1 October 2021 are unaffected by these changes.
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Report Whisperingdeath September 9, 2021 3:00 PM BST
Oven ready
Report Whisperingdeath September 9, 2021 3:01 PM BST
And good to be in control of our borders again.
Report HallGreenSpy September 9, 2021 5:39 PM BST
Quite surprised at 3. They make such a big deal of this as a rule.
Report HallGreenSpy September 9, 2021 5:42 PM BST
Big opportunity for some operator to clean up keeping the status quo??
Report Giuseppe September 9, 2021 6:30 PM BST
"Pay as you go customers and customers who have taken out a contract before 1 October 2021 are unaffected by these changes."

that's most people surely?
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 1:44 PM BST
Is this such a big deal? £2 per day! You could just about buy a coffee for that. How often does anyone need to use this?
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 1:48 PM BST
Perhaps we should have all remained under the yoke of the EUSSR paying them billions so that a few people can make cheap calls and save £2 a day when on holiday.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 1:49 PM BST
It's not a big deal if you dont
mind paying it.

The just about buy a coffee line, lol.


£20 a week, about to become a huge
issue, for so many.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 1:50 PM BST
May as well charge you an extra
£2 a day in uk too.

You can just about buy a coffee for that.
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 1:52 PM BST
If you are privileged enough to afford foreign travel then you can afford £2 a day. Feck me, you have to laugh at anyone who thinks this is an issue. Laugh
Report Whisperingdeath September 10, 2021 1:52 PM BST
Free market forces in operation?
Report flat16 September 10, 2021 1:53 PM BST
foinavon raises a valid point about the devastation of 2 squid on your phone bill but he neglects the catastrophe of the lack of milk shakes at maccy Ds.......woe is me .
Report Whisperingdeath September 10, 2021 1:54 PM BST
Just indicative of how the rich get richer. Monopoly Capitalism like in the USSR?
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 1:56 PM BST
If it was only the £2 a day
roaming charges that brexit
imposed on us it might be a fair
debate.

But there is some much else eroding
earnings and savings because of brexit.

The dingies are still coming, and
nobody has identified the benefits
as they won't happen for at least
50 years according to Rees mugg.
Report flat16 September 10, 2021 2:00 PM BST
The Dingies would of course be coming if we were still in the EU ,seems to me your arguments are so worn and tired you are just left with irrelevancies  like roaming and beverages.
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 2:01 PM BST
Are you saying the dinghies wouldn't be coming if we were in the EUSSR? What does that say about Macron?
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 2:02 PM BST
No it's not what I am saying

You have reverted to making up your
own arguments to argue against.

Lol
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 2:04 PM BST
Why did you mention them then in the context of Brexit?

"But there is some much else eroding
earnings and savings because of brexit."

Is what you posted.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 2:06 PM BST
And then a new paragraph.
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 2:08 PM BST
Twisting in the wind Laugh

I'll leave others to judge.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 2:09 PM BST
Dingies seem massively important to brexiteers.

Take back control of our borders.

Brexit happens, dingies still coming.

Hence.....

The dingies are still coming, and
nobody has identified the benefits
as they won't happen for at least
50 years according to Rees mugg




Nowt about your little fantasy
argument about macron.
Report Giuseppe September 10, 2021 2:09 PM BST
foin it's £30 for a normal two week holiday

a nasty surprise on your next bill
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 2:10 PM BST
Run away more like
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 2:16 PM BST
If you can't afford the charge you have to ask yourself if you can afford the cost of a foreign holiday or even a mobile phone. Do you even have to use the thing every day? Just turn it off.
Report saddo September 10, 2021 2:18 PM BST
Nowt compared to the covid testing surely, or have they dropped that?
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 2:18 PM BST
You didn't even answer the question, YHTL. Do you think the dinghies wouldn't be coming if we were still in the EU? If so what does that say about Macron?
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 2:22 PM BST
It's a fantasy question I don't need answer

The premise was brexit would
allow uk to take back control

It was an identified reason for Brexit.


Your fantasy argument has zip
to do with it

It is a strawman you are building
because you don't want to address
the point.
Report saddo September 10, 2021 2:30 PM BST
I agree with donny, brexit was won over immigration and they have done nothing about it, actually taking them in to save other countries having em now.
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 2:34 PM BST
Yeah right.
We are paying France millions to prevent this happening and to bring to account those who are profiting through aiding and abetting a criminal activity. They hardly seem to be trying.
What do you suppose we can do to stop them arriving once they are in our coastal waters?

The premise of Brexit was to take back the sovereignty ceded to the EU. That has largely been done
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 2:38 PM BST
Tracking down people trafficers
doesn't seem difficult, as numerous
journalists have proved.

Bit like drugs, simple to find
a dealer, if you wish.

No idea why we can't shut down
these networks.
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 2:39 PM BST
The legal routes are open Saddo because we have signed the UN resolution on migration. We have always taken in legitimate refugees and rightly so.
Report saddo September 10, 2021 2:41 PM BST
I voted brexit to stop my area being further overrun and overcrowded with East Europeans and Muslims Foinaven. There are many more round here now than the day I voted. I can only speak as I actually see it, they've let things get worse.
Report saddo September 10, 2021 2:44 PM BST
All our new Muslims are black African, lots of em, mainly young men. What wars are they refugeeing from?
Report Giuseppe September 10, 2021 2:45 PM BST
poverty and climate change
Report Foinavon September 10, 2021 2:48 PM BST
It's the same where I live Saddo. The UN resolution allows for economic migration, we were not asked by T. May if we agreed before she signed it.
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 2:49 PM BST
Another day and another attempt to paint BREXIT as the cause of all our ills.

----you-have-to-laugh---, 3 had no roaming charges in the EU and many other destinations long before the EU outlawed the charges with the EU. That was a business decision.

3 are introducing roaming charges not only in the EU but all places which were free. That is a business decision

Nowt to do with BREXIT

BTW Sky have said their roam for free in the EU will still apply.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 3:04 PM BST
Nowt to do with brexit, lol

But eu don't allow roaming charges.
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 3:09 PM BST
The EU do allow roaming charges as EE and 3 have clearly shown.

Can you explain why 3 have reintroduced roaming charges to the USA because of Brexit?
Report Giuseppe September 10, 2021 3:14 PM BST
roaming charges within the EU are illegal

UK phone companies could not introduce them before Brexit
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 3:22 PM BST
The eu do not allow roaming charges
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 4:02 PM BST
The EU allows phone companies from non-EU states to levy roaming charges within the EU.

You still haven't explained why 3 are reintroducing roaming charges in the USA and other non-EU countries? Is it because of BREXIT or a business decision?
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 4:06 PM BST
I think it's another strawman.


If UK was in the EU still, would
roaming charges be suffered
by UK citizens using their
phones in the EU.

Or would EU regulations prevent it.


Is this a result of brexit?
Report Giuseppe September 10, 2021 4:07 PM BST
none of these companies could have introduced roaming charges if britain was still in the EU

what part of that are you disputing?
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 4:13 PM BST
No 3 wouldn't be allowed to reintroduce roaming charges if we were still in the EU.

Still doesn't explain why 3 have decided to reintroduce roaming charges globally. This is a business decision to fleece their contract holders. It may well backfire as a lot of people joined long before the EU ban. There is nothing to distinguish 3 from EE or O2.

Sky mobile are still saying they aren't reintroducing the charges so anyone who wants to avoid these charges can. So no big deal.
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 4:15 PM BST
It wouldn't surprise me if Labour put banning roaming charges in their top secret manifesto.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 4:17 PM BST
Lol

So it's caused by brexit

Thanks nobby
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 4:26 PM BST
It's a business decision by 3.

Anyone who wants to avoid roaming charges within the EU can still do so by taking out a Sky Mobile contract.

Or be like me with a PAYG 3 unlimited data SIM which Three Support reassured me earlier today will be entirely unaffected by these changes.

As I said, no big deal


(unless of course Brexit made you mad and obsessed like yourself.)
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 4:34 PM BST
Lol

So it's another cost of brexit

Thanks nobby
Report PorcupineorPineapple September 10, 2021 4:42 PM BST
Has nobby banged his heaad?
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 4:46 PM BST
While there are still companies offering free roaming in the EU paying these charges is a personal choice.

So no big deal.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 4:51 PM BST
Lol

So it's another cost of brexit

Thanks nobby
Report PorcupineorPineapple September 10, 2021 4:56 PM BST
We're about 3 posts away from "roaming is bad anyway, and we're better off having to pay for it".
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 4:56 PM BST
It's not a cost if you don't have to pay it.
Report ----you-have-to-laugh--- September 10, 2021 5:04 PM BST
4 posts away from I no longer
have a mobile phone and am saving cash.


So it's another cost of brexit

Thanks nobby
Report SirNorbertClarke September 10, 2021 5:06 PM BST
It's not a cost if you don't have to pay it.
Report Whisperingdeath September 10, 2021 5:14 PM BST
Laugh

Good point we ain’t going nowhere!

Feck roaming, who needs it!

Still good to see powerful monopolies can exploit their market position.

Let the rich get richer!
Report Whisperingdeath September 10, 2021 5:14 PM BST
We should refund Amazon Employers National Insurance while we are at it!
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