UPDATED Vodafone roaming rates are changing
On July 1st, the EU is implementing regulatory changes on the cost of calls, SMS and data whilst roaming in the EU. This means that the major networks are altering their propositions: as with any change, you need to take care and analyse the options to see if there are real benefits. Mobile tariffs and contracts are full of clauses that perform “smoke and mirror” tricks.
You could read on further and we have done the hard work for you! There’s a huge history of old tariff options on Vodafone: Passport, World, European Data Traveller, roamed data bundles and Vodafone Europe Bundle are just a sample of the past options.
It’s impossible to cover every scenario in a blog to compare what you may have now and what the new options are offering. The safest route is to email me and arrange some time to explore the best solution together. You can still keep any of the old options but cannot access the new stuff without retiring all of the old options on your account and possibly moving to the latest Vodafone tariffs. If you use data abroad at all when in Europe, you need to discuss the impact of these changes: please get in touch, you may need to alter your usage to control your costs.
What can be covered though is the top level understanding of the new Europe only proposition: Euro Traveller. It breaks down very easily: pay £2.50 ex VAT per day to use your UK allowance for the following three elements in Europe: calls, SMS and data.
- Outgoing calls deduct from your UK call allowances (excludes One Net allowances).
- Voicemail retrieved from UK call allowance.
- Incoming calls are free
- Outgoing SMS deduct from your UK call allowances. Excludes MMS.
- Data taken from UK core allowance.
“So Rob, that seems great but what does it actually mean and how do I choose if it’s good for me?” I have simplified the key indicators as follows. Ask yourself ,or research, the answers to the following questions/statements (if unsure, contact me to help you find the answers from your billing).
Do you have Vodafone Passport?
If yes, see 1,2,3 and 4 below: if no, go to section “No Passport?”
- If you make on average more than four outgoing calls per day whilst roaming in Europe, you need Euro Traveller and will have to change tariff to access it.
- If, on average, your total received/incoming call duration per day is less than thirty eight minutes whilst roaming in Europe, you need Euro Traveller and will have to change tariff to access it.
- If you have a smartphone (not a BlackBerry) that has any moderate level of use when roaming in Europe, you need Euro Traveller and will have to change tariff to access it.
- If you have a BlackBerry that has more than 4MB of daily use when roaming in Europe, you need Euro Traveller and will have to change tariff to access it.
This isn’t a shopping list: if you match pretty much any of the above options, Euro Traveller works for your needs. It works even if you only partially match a couple of the options. If you only make a couple of calls, use a MB or two of data and receive one call per day, Euro Traveller still works out cheaper than Passport.
Your safest option? Get in touch and we will check your usage over for you and ensure it’s the right decision.
If you don’t have Passport on your tariff, it’s an even easier choice. Do you have a smartphone or not? If so, what make is it?
- If you have a smartphone (not a BlackBerry) that has any moderate level of use when roaming in Europe, you need Euro Traveller and may have to change tariff to access it.
- If you have a BlackBerry that has more than 4MB of daily use when roaming in Europe, you need Euro Traveller and may have to change tariff to access it.
If you don’t have a smartphone, it’s easy too.
- If you make over ten minutes of outgoing calls per day, you need Euro Traveller
- If you receive over thirty eight minutes of calls per day, you need Euro Traveller.
Again, if you mix and match the usage, Euro Traveller is often the best mix: only six minutes of outgoing (£1.44) and sixteen minutes of incoming calls (£1.06) still works out the same or better. Put simply, the more calls you make, the more likely Euro Traveller is likely to work better for you.
What do you need to do next?
If you think it’s a winner, email me (email@example.com) and let us make the changes on your account for you. We will discuss/analyse your usage first to ensure it’s the correct route for you and whether an alternative option is better for you.
If you are unsure, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let’s discuss/analyse your usage to establish the correct route for you.
Even if you aren’t a current mobile client but want to explore what benefits there are for your business, please get in touch: you may be able to access a better all-round deal via us and access our knowledge.
Anything to be wary of?
Some newer tariffs may increase the basic rental costs on your bill: this has to be considered against the benefits of the Euro Traveller options. This will of course factor into the analysis performed for any current clients by Car Phone Company Limited.
This only applies to mobile phones with voice, not data cards (dongle, iPad, MiFi)
Once you ditch the old tariffs, there’s no going back!
Other details you may need
Here’s a map of where it can work
The £2.50 (excl. VAT) daily charge is triggered by the following:
- Making a call.
- Initiation of a data session (above 50Kb usage).
- Sending an SMS.
- Retrieving a Voicemail.
Usage outside of allowance will be charged at the current domestic out of bundle rate.
The following do not trigger the £2.50 (excl. VAT) charge:
- Answering a call.
- A call that is not answered or where a Voicemail is left.
- Data under 50Kb usage (to allow for background data activity).
- A call to 191.
- Use of extras not part of core tariff (e.g. Premium numbers).