Brexit Could Mean Britain Will Miss Out On New 90 Day EU "Roam Like Home" Contracts

By James O Malley on at

On the 23rd June, Britain voted, by a margin of 52% to 48% to leave the European Union. And though shunning our European friends might have felt good in the heat of the moment, it appears that they are now totally over it, and are planning some cool stuff without us.

According to The Register draft plans have been drawn up by the EU that would force phone networks to offer new contracts that would enable customers to "roam like home". Under the plans, customers would be able to roam in the EU for up to 30 days consecutively, and for up to 90 days a year, without having to pay extra for calls, texts or data.

If that sounds like a weirdly awkward arrangement, it is the result of a new "fair usage" concession to the networks, who were worried that previous plans to completely abolish roaming fees would screw them, as there would be nothing to stop Europeans taking out a contract in a country where data is really cheap, and then roaming with it permanently. For the vast majority of people, even under these new plans it should mean that you would be covered for holidays and trips abroad.

Now the bad news: Because we voted to leave the EU, we might not get to benefit from this. Obviously there are a lot of unknowns with our plan to leave (not even the politicians seem to know), but the upshot could be that once we're out, British networks will not be bound by the new rules so no free roaming for us.

But hey, at least we've got back all of that mysterious "sovereignty", right? [The Register]