Having abolished European roaming call and text charges for customers who opt into its ‘Passport’ scheme this summer, Vodafone says it has now reduced and simplified charges for mobile internet access.
According to Vodafone, from today, both business and consumer customers traveling across Europe will be able to access the internet from their mobile phone for £4.99 per day for up to 25MB of mobile data. Alternatively the rate via a USB modem (dongle) is £9.99 per day for up to 50MB of data. Vodafone claims to be the only UK operator to offer per day data roaming charges.
The company also promises that ‘later in summer 2009’ customers will receive real time alerts as they approach the end of their data allowance, which should bring an end to users unwittingly racking up excessively high bills whilst using mobile internet abroad.
Vodafone says that for those that opt in to ‘Passport’, data will be charged per kb up to 1MB, and once a customer reaches 1MB the cost will be £4.99, with the next 24MB effectively being free. Vodafone suggests this would be enough data to ‘browse approximately 250 internet pages, read and reply to 25 emails, find your way to a restaurant on Google Maps, read eight news stories on the BBC website, change your status on Facebook and watch three 90 second videos on YouTube’.
Mobile roaming prices higher outside Europe
Vodafone roaming prices outside Europe will be three times higher, with customers being charged £14.99 for each 25MB when accessing the internet via their mobile, or £29.99 for 50MB on laptops or netbooks via a dongle.
Slightly confusingly, for the purposes of data roaming, a day abroad is classified by Vodafone as midnight to midnight UK time, so customers need to be aware of their time zone and plan their internet usage accordingly.
Which? recently reported that from 1 June until 31 August 2009, Vodafone Passport customers can benefit from a summer of reduced roaming charges, as calls, texts and MMS picture messages from 35 European countries will cost consumers the same as if they were in the UK.
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