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EU roaming charges abroad scrapped, how does it affect your family holiday?

On 15th June 2017 EU roaming charges are going to be scrapped, great news for families holidaying abroad but careful you don’t get caught out… here is our little guide.

I think most of us are guilty of handing over the phone to our toddler or youngster at some time or another, I know I am but I am also quite strict and try to make sure there is a balance. When travelling abroad (by train, plane or car) we download a few of Freddie’s favourite programs. With the new legislation coming in on 15th July 2017, banning roaming charges, it means we can download abroad, but there are a few things to consider.

Don’t get caught out thinking that you will be able to download or stream favourites from CBeebies or CBBC as these services are limited to UK only. If you want to have any of the programmes from the BBC iPlayer you still need to download before you leave.

Check your mobile phone contract, once you reach your allocated contract allowance you will be charged and the charges vary, so make sure you don’t get caught out with a hefty bill at the end of the holiday. Which? have a handy guide for roaming charges by service provider and you can view that here:


Obviously there are lots more benefits to being able to use roaming on your phone in the EU, from staying in touch with home, to keeping in touch with people you are holidaying with,  knowing there are no sky high charges. It will be great to be able to check the map when lost and maybe pop a live feed on your favourite social media network too!

Whatever you use your phone or tablet for we are sure that this will mean having another string to your bow for those exceptional circumstances abroad when you just need a magic wand!


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