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Following on from fellow UK carriers O2 and Vodafone, Three UK has pulled the wraps off their own EU data roaming deal, known as the Euro Internet Pass. Todays announcement is huge news for Three customers, and is made possible by the recent EU legislations on mobile roaming

So, what exactly is on offer? Your data, only in Europe, put simply. There is no tethering included, so even if you're on the almighty One Plan, you will not be able to take advantage of your tethering capabilities when abroad. Other than this, you have unlimited access to data for just £5 per day. There are some exceptions to valid countries, for example Norway and Switzerland aren't included. In contrast, in countries that aren't supported or if you haven't activated your pass, data is charged at £1.28 per MB. If however, you're heading to one of the countries below, you're in luck:

  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (incl. Azores & Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (incl. Balearic & Canary Islands), Sweden, Vatican City, Monaco.

Not supported is:

  • Aland Islands, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus (North), Faroe Islands, French Guiana, Georgia, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Isle of Man, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Martinique, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Reunion, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Turkey, Netherlands Antilles and the Rest of the World.

Activating your pass is incredibly simple too, with nothing to do back in the UK before you leave. Upon activating your phone in one of the supported countries, Three will send you a text message containing a link within. Clicking the link takes you to purchasing information, and from there you're all set until Midnight UK time that day. It can also be obtained by visiting http://mobile.three.co.uk/europass on your phone.

Source: Three UK

 

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Three UK launch new EU data roaming deal

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NP. Seems odd to me that they didn't include Switzerland since it's smack dab in the middle of the continent, but I'm just a Yank so what do I know.

they have made it "Cheaper" ONLY and you will still be considered as "roaming" but now that you only get ripped a little. ;)
Anyways, I am interested to know from someone traveling in EU zone to tell me if they have to choose the Network manually to avoid expensive roaming or is it just OK to roam on any cell carriers tower of a region?

This is the kind of thing people overlook when they go off about how great the EU mobile market is and how cheap the plans/phones are... Roaming across half those countries would be no different than moving across a couple of US state lines (and we haven't seen roaming in that scenario for years), geographically speaking of course.

I realize there's other logistics/politics in the way, however realistically you may be moving across countries but may very well still be on your own carrier's network, and paying for "roaming". That being said, it seems the EU did a good job of finally minimizing those costs to something reasonable.

On the same planet where that kind of roaming data would normally run you up a bill of several hundred or more :)