Best mobile deals from UK to the rest of the world. A review of the cheapest offers on UK tariffs for calling abroad from a mobile.
Best deals from UK to the rest of the World:
Roaming with your mobile phone is a sensible idea as most handsets are now able to make calls, send texts and even go online from many countries around the world. However, if you want to avoid being faced with a mega bill when you return from your travels it is worth finding a tariff which is specification designed to let you make calls home. As a rule you should turn off data roaming on your mobile before you head abroad as most network providers will charge an inordinate amount for 3G usage even if you have a special roaming tariff, but for calls and texts you can find decent deals which will not break the bank. Here we shall take a look at just some of the best offers available for those who want to take their mobiles away with them.
The first step is to consult your current network provider and find out whether they have any special offers for existing customers who want to roam. The good news is that every operator is obliged to let you receive texts free of charge whether you stay on the same continent as your home nation or not. On the other hand receiving calls will result in both you and the inbound caller paying a fee, so if the information is only brief why not get friends and family to text rather than call.
If you are an Orange customer then you can sign up to the Europe Traveller deal which is offered to anyone on a contract at a cost of £5 for 30 days of roaming service. This will let you pay a smaller price per minute for calls and also give you a fixed set of inbound calls free of charge. O2 has its My Europe Extra and T-Mobile has Euro Talk 5, both similar bundles which come with allowances for the duration of your trip. Bear in mind that you will still have to pay for making calls, but in most cases these providers will simply reduce the cost per minute to keep calling home as cheap as possible.
Vodafone offers a progressive Passport roaming deal which is available to customers of its contract and pay as you go services. You will not pay extra per minute but each call will be billed with a 75 pence connection charge. This means if you have inclusive minutes you can use them as you would if you were at home whilst only paying 75 pence more. Inbound calling is handled similarly, with a 60 minute cap on free inbound calls following a 75 pence connection charge.
If you are not convinced that your operator is offering you a good deal you could always invest in a SIM-only deal which will let you take your existing handset and a new SIM with you linked to the location to which you are travelling. You can then pop in the SIM card and pay local rates for any calls you make. There will be an issue when calling home, as this will still count as an international transaction, but if you shop around you can find decent deals online that might be well suited to users of contract phones who cannot wrangle a deal from their providers.