Mobile firms free to bring back roaming charges under no deal

Bad news for Ireland's border counties as roaming charges could return after Brexit

But "after careful consideration, the Government decided not to adopt this proposal", it says.

FREE DATA ROAMING looks set to face the same fate as prescription drugs, baked beans and hope in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"If we were to say to mobile network operators in this country "You may not impose roaming charges on your customers who travel to the European Union", that can not prevent European mobile network operating companies charging United Kingdom mobile network operating companies money", he told lawmakers.

A no-deal Brexit will cost British holidaymakers hundreds of pounds each after the government chose to side with mobile phone operators and end free-roaming for United Kingdom customers.

Mobile operators in the United Kingdom say that any increased costs of offering data roaming services overseas after Brexit will have to be passed onto consumers.

That's right, if the law does not allow mobile operators in the United Kingdom to charge extra for roaming services, they might just remove the option to use your smartphone on a European network altogether.

"Now that money has to be paid by somebody and if we are saying to the mobile network operators in this country that they may not pass it on to customers who are roaming, they will undoubtedly pass it on to all their other customers instead".

In a draft statutory instrument, tabled by the government as part of a raft of no-deal preparations, the government has pledged to remove restrictions on mobile operators that force them to provide for free roaming throughout Europe.

Bad news for Ireland's border counties as roaming charges could return after Brexit
Mobile firms free to bring back roaming charges under no deal

It the United Kingdom can reach a deal with the EU Brits will be able to continue using their phone on the continent for the same charges or for "free" until 2021.

MoneySavingExpert has found that just two out of 12 major United Kingdom mobile phone providers - Three and Smarty, which is owned by Three - have committed to keeping roaming in the European Union "free" after Brexit.

Mashable reached out to five of the largest United Kingdom telecom companies; Vodafone, O2, Three, EE, and BT, most of whom said that they do not intend to bring back roaming charges for United Kingdom users.

The warning comes as Theresa May continues to play politics with the rapidly approaching Brexit deadline, threatening those that do not agree with her deal that they must come on board to prevent a catastrophic crash out of the EU.

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Mr Watson asked Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright to secure binding commitments from the telecoms companies to protect consumers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Brits could see a return of data roaming charges when travelling to Europe if faced with a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Wright earlier said the Government intends to ensure the requirements on mobile operators to apply a financial limit on data usage while overseas is retained in United Kingdom law, and would be set at £45 for each monthly billing period - the same as the existing limit.

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