Vodafone appear to have the edge over the other mobile phone networks this year by announcing that they are scrapping international roaming charges, well for the summer anyway. This means for all Vodafone customers on monthly or pre-pay tariffs that they will not be saddled with a huge bill when they arrive back in dear old blighty, just standard rate charges. If you happen to have free minutes or texts in your Vodafone allowance package that you haven’t used, then you will be laughing as it won’t cost you a penny to make (or for that matter receive) calls or send texts abroad, and this will be the case for travelling to 35 different countries.
The list of countries included in the Vodafone passport plan, is as follows; Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroes, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the Vatican City. Vodafone are also expected to cut the cost of pre-pay calls to only 5p per minute to all mobiles and landlines from countries including the US, Canada and China. Vodafone will also be including a further 54 countries where charges will be as low as just 5p per minute to landlines and 15p per minute to mobile phones.
Vodafone will be running the trial from 1st June for a period of 3 months, so if you were thinking of changing networks then now might be a good time. To take advantage of the free Vodafone international roaming, account holders need to be either participating in the ‘passport’ service or sign up to it, for the three month period the passport service will be free of charge. The normal charge for the Vodafone passport service is 75p.
Of course there is nothing to say that Vodafone will continue to provide free international roaming. However they have certainly gained an advantage over their competitors, as there are new rules being implemented by the European Commission aimed at ending the excessive costs that the British customers are currently forced to pay, whilst using their mobile phones abroad.