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Using UK Mobile Broadband Abroad

Below we briefly discuss how the major UK mobile broadband services can be used abroad. Please follow the links to the networks' websites for full information.

Vodafone Mobile Broadband AbroadVodafone Mobile Broadband Abroad

Visit the Vodafone Mobile Broadband Abroad Page

Both Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly Vodafone Mobile Broadband can be used abroad. Pay As You Go customers pay a standard daily rate for their location (Europe Zone or Rest of the World Zone). Pay Monthly customers can choose between a per MB rate or daily rate in the Europe Zone and pay a standard daily rate in the Rest of the World Zone. Using Vodafone Mobile Broadband abroad is a lot more expensive than in the UK, and customers should visit Vodafone to familiarise themselves with the charges. Vodafone has also introduced spending caps to help customers control their costs.

Visit the Vodafone Mobile Broadband Abroad Page

Last Updated 9 Jul 2012

 

3 Mobile Broadband Abroad3 Mobile Broadband Abroad

Visit the Three Mobile Broadband site and search on "mobile broadband abroad" for full info.

Three Mobile Broadband and MiFi can be used abroad, and Three charges by the MB, with the rate depending on which country you are in. If you're on Pay As You Go, your device is set up to use abroad, but you'll have to TopUp before you go away. If you have a recent contract your device will be ready to use abroad, but if you joined Three before 22 July 2010 or you have a tablet, you'll have to phone them to activate international roaming.

When using your device abroad, the data won't come out of your monthly allowance but instead you'll be charged standard roaming rates. You do have to be mindful of costs involved when using your Three mobile broadband abroad, but to help you keep in control Three has set a worldwide data roaming limit of £49 per month.

Visit the Three Mobile Broadband site and search on "mobile broadband abroad" for full info.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2012

 

T-Mobile Broadband Abroad

Visit T-Mobile Mobile BroadbandVisit the T-Mobile Broadband Abroad Page

T-Mobile has now introduced Broadband Travel Boosters to allow internet access when abroad. You can select the Booster according to the amount of data in Mega Bytes that you think you'll need. We like this product as you can't go over the Booster limit and get an unexpected large bill. Once you have used up your Booster allowance, you will be prompted to buy another.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2012

Visit T-Mobile Mobile BroadbandVisit the T-Mobile Broadband Abroad Page

 

Orange Mobile Broadband AbroadOrange Mobile Broadband Abroad

Visit Orange Mobile Broadband click the "Help and Support" link and search on "mobile broadband abroad" for full info.

Orange Mobile Broadband can be used abroad, but you have to enable roaming with Orange first. Usage is charged per MB at a rate depending on the country. There are data usage caps imposed in the EU to help you control spend (although these can be removed if you ask Orange), but there are no usage caps outside of the EU, so be careful as roaming can prove expensive.

Visit Orange Mobile Broadband click the "Help and Support" link and search on "mobile broadband abroad" for full info.

Last Updated: 10 Jul 2012

 

O2 Mobile Broadband AbroadO2 Mobile Broadband Abroad

Visit O2 Mobile Broadband

O2 does not recommend use of its UK mobile broadband products abroad. From reading the O2 website it seems a possibility that their Pay Monthly service may work abroad (Pay As You Go does not), but as data usage rates are very high, it is not recommended by O2.

Visit O2 Mobile Broadband

Last Updated: 10 Jul 2012

 

Guide to Data Usage

1MB = 1 megabyte, browsing three pages on your laptop.

50MB = 50 megabytes, receiving 100 E-mails (text-based) and spending 4 hours browsing.

Note that data usage allowances are given in megabytes, abbreviated MB.

 

 

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