Is it possible to use oxygen? After all, you don’t have to be concerned about the contentious EU data roaming tariffs.
Customers of O2 may have been surprised to learn of the company’s plans to reinstate the hated roaming costs when traveling in Europe. The new rules, however, are not as awful as they appear, and here’s why.
O2 made the contentious announcement that roaming charges will be reinstated for all customers traveling to Europe this summer. The modifications will take effect in August, so anyone who plans on flying to a beach this summer will be affected by the decision.
Right now, O2 has a SIM deal that includes 120GB of internet, as well as unlimited calls and messages. Those who join up will also receive six months of free Disney+.
Unsurprisingly, people who subscribe to O2 have expressed their displeasure with the move to reinstate EU roaming costs now that post-Brexit rules allow networks to do so. Users on Twitter are expressing their displeasure with the move, with one calling it “stupid.” The new terms and conditions, on the other hand, are not as awful as many people might think.
Customers will only see money added to their account if they go over their 25GB allowance, according to O2. After that limit has been reached, a fee of £3.50 per additional 1GB will be charged to invoices.
Unless you spend hours streaming content, 25GB is a lot of data, and most customers are unlikely to use more than that while traveling, so they won’t be charged.
“Less than 1% of our Pay Monthly users achieve anywhere near 25GB during infrequent travel to Europe,” O2 said in a statement to TechRadar Pro. If a customer’s monthly data allowance in the UK exceeds 25GB, they will have a Roaming Limit of 25GB in our Europe Zone starting August 2.
“This means they can use up to 25GB of their allowance at no additional cost — we’ll notify them when they’re approaching the limit, and again when they’ve reached it. If a customer’s data usage exceeds our Roaming Limit, they will be charged £3.50 per GB.”
For comparison, watching an hour on Netflix or listening to 10 hours of music on Spotify takes about 1GB of data. Because most people download information before traveling or use hotel Wi-Fi to stay connected, consuming so much mobile data may be unusual.
Of course, there are charges. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”