It’s been almost two months since the roaming charges were reduced again for the EU travellers. The maximum data price for anyone from a member state travelling within the EU is now €0.20 per MB. So, what has changed? How are the real life roaming experiences now after the cuts? Let’s have a look.
Experiences on EU priced data
@thejohnkelly i turned on data roaming once, checked email & twitter, and immediately got text telling me i'd spent 22 euros on web services— Ken Early (@kenearlys) July 12, 2014
Shocked to see that @EE actually INCREASED roaming charges today. From £3 to £5 for 100MB of data valid 24hrs!— Motorhome WiFi (@MotorhomeWiFi) August 1, 2014
Over 100 euros in data roaming last month. Can’t wait for flat rates to hit Europe.— Hadi Hariri (@hhariri) August 4, 2014
Data roaming in France. Turned it on uploaded couple photos on Facebook, checked a campsite booking and train times. €60 bill from meteor.— Paul Reynolds (@PaulFedayn) August 14, 2014
Data roaming for the rest of the world
Obviously the European Union roaming issues are just a drop in the sea when thinking about roaming on a global scale. These are just a few brave confessions from non-EU roamers in the past months. Clearly not many would be willing to publicly announce that they’ve messed up big time, like for thousands and thousands of dollars. Totally understandable.
Received data roaming charges for looking up how to turn off data roaming. Well done me.— Kristine Pettit (@MrsVonDoom) July 4, 2014
Ive been in Asia 2 days. Ive spent £350 on data roaming already. Thats why China let me access twitter. Here goes another £7— Mat Zo (@Mat_Zo_MRSA) July 26, 2014
GPRS KB 9,679 Data KB Billed: $188.75 (Trying to figure out why his phone wasn't working, I accidentally had my son turn on data roaming.)— Russell Beattie (@RussB) July 28, 2014
Oops just got a 500 chf (£330) phone bill for using roaming when I was in the UK. It was an emergency! 😂— Melissa (@Swiss_Liss) August 18, 2014
We had An Adventure getting out of London due to a missed turn. $100 worth of international data roaming later, we found the M1.— Melanie Fletcher (@melaniemf) August 18, 2014
So there, I think it’s safe to say that roaming issues are far from being solved. To quote a worried fellow traveller: ”For the love of god please turn off data roaming when you go on holiday people”. Or if you won’t settle for occasional connectivity, study your options before leaving.