If you've been on holiday to the EU anytime within the past year, you'll no doubt have enjoyed the opportunity to use up all your usual data allowances without being bankrupted by roaming fees - regardless of the network you're on. Well Vodafone has decided it was such a wonderful idea, it's following the example of other networks and expanding the whole 'free roaming thing' to another 29 countries around the world.
The caveat here is that you need to be on one of Vodafone's Red Entertainment plans, you know the ones that give you free subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports, Spotify, and so on. Still, the new Global Roaming Plus deal bring the total number of destinations with free 4G roaming up to 77. That's on top of the 48 destinations already covered, and Vodafone claims that it's offering more international locations than any other UK network. It's worth mentioning the use of the word destinations, not countries, because some networks like to include places like the Isle of Man and the Canaries as though they're not part of a bigger country that's already included.
Locations being added to Global Roaming Plus are New Zealand, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, UK Virgin Islands, USA, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Mexico, Montserrat, Mozambique, Netherland Antilles, Albania, Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.
On top of this Vodafone is offering an extra 500 international minutes with Red Entertainment packages, letting UK customers call 31 different European locations without being charged more. Meanwhile roaming itself is also available in an additional 75 different places across the world, but you have to pay £6 a day for the privilege.
The final downside is that Global Roaming Plus isn't coming into effect until 4th September, so if you had an American holiday planned in the next two and a half weeks you're going to need to be careful. Lest you get slapped with a huge bill for watching Netflix off Wi-Fi. That said, it'll only be available for new and upgrading Red Entertainment customers.
Update: If you already have a Red Entertainment contract you'll have to ask Vodafone to give you Global Roaming Plus. Annoyingly it isn't being given out automatically.