Vodafone have released new mobile roaming charges for Internet use which will help make usage abroad more affordable. The new rates vary depending on whether you access via your phone or your laptop (presumably by a mobile broadband data contract).
|Region||Method of Access||Cost per day|
|Zone 1||Phone||£4.99 for each 25MB|
|Zone 1||Laptop||£9.99 for each 50MB|
|Zone 2||Phone||£14.99 for each 25MB|
|Zone 2||Laptop||£29.99 for each 50MB|
Zone 1 is made up of European countries (although a couple are missing) and Zone 2 the rest (see Vodafone press release for complete list).
The new charges (20p per MB if all usage is used) are much cheaper than previous prices of £4.99 per MB and are largely due to the introduction of EU wide rules on roaming charges. Any usage is per calendar day based on the UK timezone. At midnight UK time, a new £4.99 charge would be applied when you reach the first MB. Usage below a megabyte is charged per kilobyte- 100KB costing 50p.
Charges can still mount up quickly with online video often at a couple hundred megabytes for high quality streams. Users would be best to avoid using BBC iPlayer or similar services abroad. Also, it's worth ensuring that your laptop is up to date with security updates before leaving, and disabling auto-updates as large updates are sometimes made available which automatically download and can reach in to the hundreds of megabytes.