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Mobile phone companies refuse to rule out return of roaming charges after Brexit

As of 2017, mobile companies have been prohibited from charging you additional fees for using your UK quota of minutes, SMS or (most) data while in the EU. But once we leave the EU, that will no longer be the case.

If the UK government makes a ‘deal’ with the EU before Brexit, current mobile roaming rules are expected to continue until the end of 2020 at least. But if the UK leaves without a deal, the roaming charges warned by the government could come back immediately – it will be up to individual companies to decide.

With less than two months of the UK’s exit from the EU, a MoneySavingExpert investigation found that only two providers – Three and Smarty, which is owned by Three – categorically ruled out the reintroduction of roaming charges after Brexit .

At least 10 companies, estimated to have at least 85% of UK mobile users as customers, say they ‘have no intention’ of changing their roaming policies, but cannot rule out the return roaming charges.

For complete help on reducing the costs of using your mobile abroad, see our Inexpensive mobile and data roaming to guide. And for an overview of what Brexit means for mortgages, currency, your rights and more, check out our 25 things to know about Brexit.

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