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Travellers could be stung by mobile charges

26 January 2009 08:50

Travellers could be stung by mobile charges

Holidaymakers planning on using their mobile phone while abroad this summer have been warned that they could be stung by roaming charges.

According to, those travelling in the EU could be hit by the cost of 49p for sending a text or £8 per MB downloaded.

With many travellers looking to save money on their holidays, costs could be cut by using a discount tariff through their mobile phone service provider.

Travellers are advised not to go without necessities such as travel insurance as a way of keeping the costs of a holiday down.

Rob Barnes, head of broadband and mobiles at, said: "Firstly, you should check with your operator before you head off on your holiday as to how much calls will cost, and if you can change to an international tariff while you're away.

"Calling or texting home from abroad can be expensive at the best of times, but think twice before downloading that episode of The Apprentice. Roaming charges can mean an unwelcome mobile bill on your return if you don't think carefully before using your phone abroad."

One traveller was charged £31,500 by his mobile broadband company after downloading Prison Break, The Apprentice and some songs on his laptop, according to the Daily Mail.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18685893-ADNFCR