EU Roaming – How does it affect you?
From the 15th of June 2017, you will be able to roam like being at home on all Irish mobile networks.
This means you can now use your allowance while you are travelling in an EU country. You will be able to use your minutes, texts and data, just as you would at home.
If you have a bill pay plan of 100 minutes, 100 texts and 20GB of data, the minutes and texts can be used for no extra charge in any other EU country. While using data in the EU will be subject to fair usage. This is set by your network using a formula given by the EU to be in line with the new regulation. Some networks are allowing full usage of data while aboard, others are giving as much as 7GB EU data roaming – which is more than enough.
It is best to check with your network provider before you travel to see how much allowance you have while you roam as out of plan charges will apply when you go over your allowance – these are capped at 3.2c per minute for voice calls, 1c for each text and €7.70 per GB of data. By now your network provider will have contacted you regarding these updates.
If you're calling or texting from the Republic of Ireland standard international rates will still apply with all networks, so you will be charged for calling other EU numbers from Ireland.
Some plans already include EU roaming or you may have opted in for a roaming add-on, all will remain as a part of your plan and will be converted to include your domestic minutes and texts while abroad.
What countries is EU roaming available in?
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech-Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Martin, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands), Sweden, United Kingdom