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Default Availability of "Unlimited" roaming - 08-04-2015, 18:58

Hi all,

I've been looking around to see which European mobile operators offer unlimited roaming packages for an additional fee, inclusive in their contracts, or even on a prepaid basis. Perhaps others can add their experience and findings to this thread?

So far I've found:

UK - Vodafone - 3 per day for calls, texts and data as per your usual monthly allowance, postpaid only
UK - EE (incl. Orange & T-Mobile) - 2 per day for unlimited calls & texts but no data, postpaid only
UK - 3 - calls, texts and data from your allowance when roaming in some countries but calls & texts are to the UK only and data is limited to 25GB for unlimited users, postpaid & prepaid

CH - Orange - calls & texts only, postpaid only

SE - Comviq/Tele2 - calls & texts plus 1GB of data, postpaid only

I am yet to find a post-paid offer which you can take up without being a resident of the country in which it is offered. Likewise, I cannot find any PAYG offerings (except for 3UK's limited offer). I assume because it would be too costly for them.*

* I assume that the reason such offers can be made for roaming postpaid users is due to regulated wholesale charges which limit potential cost to the users home network to €0,05. If the user makes a call to an expensive number range, the home network will not pay more than €0,05 as per the regulations. However in the typical prepaid scenario where calls are usually routed via the home network (to have full control of the call based on available credit), they will have to pay the full termination fee applicable for the dialled number as the second leg of the call is originating from their own network.

Has anybody found anything else to add?

Dave

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Default 08-04-2015, 23:10

You will probably find the best answers on the following page which lists the best roaming options:
http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.c...European_Union

There are other operators that offer almost unlimited EU roaming (Orange Spain, Si.mobil Slovenia,...), however on postpaid plans accessible to residents only.
   
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Default 09-04-2015, 02:15

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I assume because it would be too costly for them.*
You fail to even mention 'unlimited' data as even a possibility.
I suspect the real answer is that it would be too costly to the user.
   
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Default 09-04-2015, 02:21

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You fail to even mention 'unlimited' data as even a possibility.
I suspect the real answer is that it would be too costly to the user.
I'm not entirely sure what point you are trying to make. With the occasional rare exception (e.g 3UK) no network that I know of offers unlimited data without some kind of fair use/acceptable use policy, regardless of cost. With that in mind, there wouldn't be any chance of unlimited roaming data in my opinion.

The closest I've seen is 3 UK's offer where their customers get to use their data allowance abroad in limited countries but those who have unlimited data are limited to 25GB of usage.

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You will probably find the best answers on the following page which lists the best roaming options:
http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.c...European_Union

There are other operators that offer almost unlimited EU roaming (Orange Spain, Si.mobil Slovenia,...), however on postpaid plans accessible to residents only.
Ah yes, I'd seen this site before but had forgotten about it. Probably because it's quite data-centric.
   
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Default 09-04-2015, 21:32

There are currecly 3 options for cheap data roaming in EU

(1) THREE UK - valid in limited countries 15 gives up to 25 GB in 20 countries and 1000 GB in UK

(2) Orange Spain with deal Go Europe - all EU countries 1€ - 100 MB so 10€ 1GB 20€ 2GB etc. it activates automatically so you don't need to worry each 100 MB will charge you 1€ in all EU countries up to 4G speed available in many countries

(3) Ortel mobile Germany - they have deal 20€ 750 MB + 300 minutes cross Europe additional 500 MB can be activated for 9€
   
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Default 13-04-2015, 17:25

There seems to be a misunderstanding of the word "unlimited".

The industry uses it as a buzzword, but it is mostly a fake. Only very few countries actually still have real unlimited data rates on prepaid SIMs.

Given the fact, that data on roaming is given out for a price on average 20 times as much as domestic, real unlimited data rates for roaming do not exist in the EU. They are simply too expensive. Even Three UK's roaming offers are NOT unlimited.

To tell you the truth: I don't exactly know what you mean with unlimited:
- all "default rates", even the EU cap at 23 ct per MB are theoretically unlimited, as some poor fools had to notice facing horrendous bills.
- of course, the are "unlimited" rates governed by a Fair Use Policy. So you will be throttled having reached a certain high speed quota. Theoretically, data on these "unlimited" are really "endless", but throttled. I don't want to call this neither "flatrate" nor "unlimited".

Real unlimited unlimited rates for data on EU roaming with eat as much as you can in high speed do simply not exist, as they would cost a fortune.
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Correction to Lover08: Thanks for loving my suggestions But Orange Spain is not on 4G/LTE, not in Spain, nor anywhere else on prepaid.
   
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