Three UK will add 24 new countries to its ‘Feel At Home’ roaming pack next month, creating what could be the ideal UK/EU package for Aussie travellers.
Covering both pre-paid and post-paid plans, major destinations like Belgium, Germany and Greece join the roster, as does Hungary and the Netherlands, among others.
They'll join the current 18-strong line-up which includes France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Finland from September 1, among others.
In a similar concept to Vodafone’s $5/day roaming offer in Australia, Three customers pay nothing extra to use their regular data allowance in participating countries, to make calls and send texts to UK numbers and to receive calls from any country.
Three’s range of ‘pay as you go’ pre-paid SIMs are popular with Australian travellers visiting the UK and then continuing their trip around Europe as the carrier’s ‘Feel At Home’ roaming deal lets you stay connected when outside the UK at no extra charge.
The trick for pre-paid customers is that you’ll need to buy credit, and then use that credit to purchase an add-on – avoiding any ‘Essential’ pre-paid plans which don’t qualify for free roaming.
Three UK roaming: what it costs, what you get
Just £20 (A$33) is enough to unlock a monstrous 12GB, along with 300 minutes and 3,000 texts to UK numbers, all to use within 30 days.
It’s not the perfect solution if you need to make calls within the same country or back home to Australia, but for data, it’s hard to beat.
For instance, you could start your trip in London where you’ll buy your SIM and get connected, and after a week (or even a few days), move onwards to France, then to Germany, then Italy and finish up in Sweden, all at no extra cost.
Australia is also among Three’s ‘Feel At Home’ countries, so if you return to Oz with data to spare, you could even use it up on home soil before switching back to your regular SIM.
Just note that ‘Feel At Home’ roaming is limited to a maximum of two months (or roughly 60 days) in any rolling 12-month period, and that accounts which aren’t recharged and are only used to receive free calls while roaming risk being deactivated.
For a full list of countries covered and to be covered by ‘Feel At Home’ roaming, visit the Three website.
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