Martin Lewis confirms ’10 main mobile networks’ will not charge holidaymakers in the EU

Martin Lewis discusses post-Brexit roaming charges abroad

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Before Brexit all mobile phone companies were legally bound to offer “roam like at home” fees, meaning Britons could use their phones when in a European Union (EU) country for no extra charge. However, after Brexit EU laws no longer apply to UK mobile phone networks.

Luckily, according to money saving expert Martin Lewis, many of these providers have said they are not ramping up costs.

Speaking on his ITV programme The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live, the financial expert said he had been in touch with “10 main mobile networks” who are planning to continue abiding by this regulation.

“So ‘roam like at home’ was an EU law that you had to be charged the same in the European Union for calling Britain as you would be in Britain,” he explained.

“That is now gone, that’s the bad news.

“The good news is that we have been in touch with and done some research with 10 of the main mobile networks.

“They are all keeping ‘roam like at home pricing’ so it is going to work in exactly the same way as it did before.”

However, Britons could be caught out if they end up using their phone to browse the internet, send messages or make calls that go beyond their normal mobile phone plan.

“The one thing I would watch for is check you don’t go over your allowed limits because then it could be really expensive,” Martin pointed out.

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“Check what package you are on. You should be able to do this fine.”

Furthermore, the rule will only apply to people who are holidaying in an EU country.

“If you are going outside of the European Union then it can be expensive.”

Martin did not specify which providers he had been in touch with, but Britons are encouraged to contact their provider to find out the terms and conditions of their contract or plan.

In the programme, Martin also discussed another change for holidays in the wake of Brexit.

The previous European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer be renewed for Britons, and instead, they will be given a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

Much like the EHIC, the GHIC allows Britons to access the same health care as the citizens of the country they are visiting.

He advised Britons to make sure their EHIC is in date as they are currently being used interchangeably with the new GHIC until they expire.

According to Martin, 6.4 million cards are out of date, meaning Britons are missing out on vital coverage.

People can also apply for new cards if their card is out of date, and will be issued with a new GHIC.

However, he warned Britons not to get caught out by scams.

“These cards are always free,” he said.

“If you pay, if someone is trying to charge you do not pay ever for these cards.”

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