Mobile broadband - Data Roaming

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Firstly, do check that your data roaming is switched on (on many phones the default setting is ‘off’). If it is switched on but you still cannot access the internet, you should contact your mobile provider, and explain your concerns. You should write to the customer services department via resolver of your supplier and set out the problem and the remedy you seek for it.

International roaming charges

If you are travelling in Europe prices for mobile calls and data are limited.

  • Data: Capped at €0.20 (20p including VAT) per megabyte. This has fallen from €0.45/MB (46p including VAT).
  • Monthly data cap: The maximum you can be charged in one month for using data in the EU before it's cut off remains at €50 (£49 including VAT) – the level it's been at since 2010.
  • Outgoing calls: Capped at €0.19 (19p including VAT) per minute. This has fallen from €0.24/min (24p including VAT). Incoming calls: Capped at €0.05 (5p including VAT) per minute. This has fallen from €0.07/min (6p including VAT).
  • Texts: Capped at €0.06 (6p including VAT) per text. This has fallen from €0.08/text (8p including VAT).

Mobile operators have good tariff plans if you pre-agree before travelling. If you are travelling outside of the European Union then charges can be considerably higher and it is important that you ensure you are on a cost-efficient tariff.

You should know
  • If you are unhappy with your service provider’s initial response, you should contact their customer services department via Resolver. Give clear details of your case such as what happened, when, and why you are complaining.
  • The company should acknowledge your case with 14 days.
  • If the company doesn't respond to your issue, then you should escalate your case to the next level. Resolver will remind you when the time comes!
  • Your case is officially registered with the company as soon as the email is delivered and so you can escalate your case to an ombudsman after 8 weeks.

The Consumer Rights Act

Your rights mainly come from the Consumer Rights Act. The Consumer Rights Act sets out what you should expect from goods or services, giving you specific rights when things go wrong.

Taking things further

If the matter isn't resolved after eight weeks or if you receive a deadlock letter, you can send your case to the ombudsman. There are two ombudsmen in the telecoms market - CISAS or Ombudsman Services. Resolver knows which one to send your case to. We'll package up your communications and all supporting documentation and send it all to the relevant ombudsman.

The ombudsman will then undertake an independent investigation of your case for free. You can still take your telephone provider to court if you don't agree with the outcome, but only use this as a last resort. You should always seek legal advice before taking a matter to court.

If you need additional assistance

If you need additional advice and guidance on the issue you can contact your local Citizens Advice.

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