Telefónica Deutschland (O2) and 1&1 Drillisch also will not charge roaming charges until at least the end of the year if their customers in Great Britain are surfing on their mobile devices, as the companies announced at the request of the German Press Agency. . ,
Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone had earlier announced that they would not charge any fees for the time being. The other two contestants have now expanded the scheme.
Although the UK actually dropped out of EU roaming regulation with Brexit, providers on both sides initially charged no additional fees for mobile data usage in the relevant foreign country. In Great Britain, many providers want to say goodbye to free roaming in the EU and introduce fees to their customers this year. Virgin Mobile and British O2 announced earlier in the week, however, that they would continue to waive roaming charges.
Within the EU, the cost of roaming – that is, surfing mobile Internet abroad – was eliminated in 2017. Since then, European mobile phone users have been able to make phone calls or surf the web while on vacation, largely without worry. For consumers in Germany, it will remain in force in the United Kingdom for some time, although the United Kingdom made its final break with the international community a good year earlier.
Consumer advocates of the British comparison portal “Which?” According to the BBC, calls on the UK and the EU to reach a general consensus on the subject so as to protect customers from charges in the future.