3 scraps roaming chargesNew price plan for seven countries
15 January 2007
Customers of mobile phone company 3 will be able to use their phones in some countries without having to pay expensive roaming charges.
The company has launched a new price plan – 3 Like Home - which will see callers being charged domestic rates in seven different countries.
Customers travelling between the UK, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark will no longer be charged for receiving calls and texts.
Christian Salbaing, of 3, said: ‘The launch of the 3 Like Home scheme will significantly benefit our customers as they travel between the 3 Group's networks.
‘It underlines our commitment to fair treatment and reasonable pricing for all our customers.’
Customers will also be able to use their existing minute and text allowances and even surf the internet.
However, 3 customers will still have to pay high charges abroad if they roam on to a non-3 network because of the wholesale charges required by many of 3's roaming partners.
Mr Salbaing said: ‘We hope the European Commission will be successful in significantly reducing these wholesale charges, which will allow price reductions for customers roaming between different operators within Europe.’