Three cuts cost of roaming with £5 unlimited international web browsing
Going on holiday soon and want to use your smartphone abroad? You’re in luck as Three UK has announced a new international data add-on which provides unlimited web browsing in many EU countries for just £5 per day.
Up until recently using mobile broadband abroad has been an expensive proposition with ridiculous per-MB costs which could see mobile bills go into the hundreds just for downloading a file or watching a YouTube vid.
However earlier this year the EU ruled that networks must significantly reduce roaming charges by July, and in response Three has unveiled a competitive data deal which will eliminate bill shock for travelling net addicts.
The Three Euro Internet Pass costs just £5 for all-you-can-eat net access until midnight that day. It’s for smartphones only so mobile broadband dongles aren’t covered, but Three has confirmed it is totally unlimited - aside from sticking to their terms and conditions (tethering is not permitted) there is no fair usage policy. Three does say it’s intended mainly for web browsing, so while streaming will work it may be quite slow.
In order to use the Euro Internet Pass you’ll need to first check the list of supported countries, then ensure that mobile data roaming is activated on your Three account and enable data roaming on the handset itself. After that you simply browse to http://mobile.three.co.uk/europass on your smartphone. However, it is a good idea to disable push notifications and automatic updates until the Euro Pass is setup as you can still incur charges up to that point.
The Euro Internet Pass is great news for holidaymakers and travellers as you’ll no longer have to rely on public Wi-Fi, but don’t worry if you’re not with Three. O2, T-mobile, Vodafone and Orange will all have to comply with the new rules and several have already announced updated price plans, though so far Three is the winner on value for money.