Mobile phone calls will be cheaper when travelling in Europe

The cost of making and receiving calls in the EU is being capped. From 1st July 2011 the maximum that a mobile phone operator can charge is 32p per minute to make a call and 12.5p per minute to receive a call whilst in Europe. *

So how can you save money when using your mobile phone abroad? 

Contact your mobile phone provider before you go. You will need to check that your phone will work whilst you are travelling and they may offer a package that may work out to be cheaper for you.

Mobile phone companies have capped overseas usage to £41.50 due to legislation. This is an automatic cut-off. Your provider will send a message to you advising you that you are near to the limit and they may offer other options which could be cheaper. If you want to set your own limit then just call your provider before you go and they will set that for you. This is a good way to realise how much money you are spending on phone calls and will also avoid getting home to a large unexpected bill.

The most expensive part of your phone bill would normally be internet usage. The easiest way to stop these charges is to turn off your data connection. You may not receive your emails but you may save quite a lot of money instead.

The way around not having a data connection is by using local Wi-Fi. You may get this free or with a small charge at your accommodation. Your phone can even notify you when you are in a Wi-Fi area.

Try and avoid uploading photo’s to your social media sites as images are larger files than text files and will cost considerably more to upload. The best thing to do would be to wait until you have a Wi-Fi connection or until you are home.

Most travel insurance companies including 24/7 travel insurance don’t cover mobile phones if they are lost or stolen. 24/7 travel insurance recommends that before you travel, you take out either international mobile phone insurance or ensure your mobile phone will be included in your household insurance.

Don’t forget to take out travel insurance when travelling in Europe. You can purchase a 24/7 travel insurance ‘Last Minute’ Single trip policy for as little as £5.55 for a 3 day trip.

*Source* Premium £5.55 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged 18-54 taking out a ‘Last Minute’ Single Trip 24/7 travel insurance policy excluding personal possessions cover for 3 days in Europe. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (12th Sept 2011) and are subject to change. You must read the policy wording to ensure you are familiar with your cover.