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MSE News: O2 sends international roaming costs soaring

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Mobiles
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Former_MSE_DarrylFormer_MSE_Darryl
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Mobiles
"Mobile phone giant O2 has hiked roaming rates for customers travelling outside the European Union — with costs nearly trebling in some cases...."
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  • To be followed sooner or later by lots of posts here from new smart phone users who forget to turn data off asking 'help I have had a bill for £880 pounds from O2, where do I stand?' the answer being in a big dirty puddle slowly sinking unfortunately!!
    European for 3 weeks in August, the rest of the year only British and proud.
  • Lit_UpLit_Up Forumite
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    MSE should make an article about the advantages of owning a cheap second mobile/smartphone and putting native SIMs in when abroad. All my friends visiting I tell to buy a cheap 3 sim for £15 with unltd data, 300 mins/texts. Even if they're here for just a week, that's a massive saving on roaming charges from their own country. Maybe MSE could find the equivalent to cheap £15 sim only deals for the most popular destinations both in the EU and out.
  • BuzbyBuzby Forumite
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    This was foretold by the networks who were badly affected by the EU price cap. Commentators noted the cost burden would shift to non-EU base networks - and that's just what's happened!
  • Neil49Neil49 Forumite
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    o2's parent company Telefonica of Spain recently announced it has debts of £47billion (yes, billion) and is trying to save money by franchising 82 of its shops in the UK (not that it will help that much).

    Quote from the report summarises -

    Telefonica is running out of ways to raise the cash it needs and is going to have to cut costs or sell assets in Britain, analysts said. “They are clamping down on expenditure everywhere but it is very hard to do in Spain for political reasons so they are looking hard at O2 and its properties in Latin America instead,

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    I just wonder how long they will continue supporting GiffGaff!
  • If the unthinkable happened, what really worries me is how Sean Bean would cope....
  • I wonder if O2 can even afford the 4G auctions
  • dvsdvs Forumite
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    I'm with O2 on a sim only deal and still have a legacy tariff which gives unlimited data and international texts included but I'm getting more and more frustrated with their 3G coverage in the UK.

    EE have roaming tariffs which offer unlimited voice and minutes in selected countries (inc USA) for an extra £5 per month. The tariff option won't be for everyone but if you travel often it seems a good deal.
  • NFHNFH Forumite
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    The more I see rip-offs like O2's latest price hikes, the more pleased I am that I now use local SIM cards in every country I visit. As well as the obvious benefit of paying the same prices as locals do, having a mobile number in the visited country makes it much easier to communicate with locals, whether they be individuals or businesses.
  • visidigivisidigi Forumite
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    o2's adding more and more reasons why customers wont stay.

    Outages, weak support and horrible internet service - there's something worryingly creaky about o2's network lately...
  • visidigi wrote: »
    o2's adding more and more reasons why customers wont stay.

    Outages, weak support and horrible internet service - there's something worryingly creaky about o2's network lately...
    Lately ?

    The writing was on the wall when Telefonica bought it, have you experienced utilities in Spain, maybe be cheap but service ? LOL
    SO... now England its the Scots turn to say dont leave the UK, stay in Europe with us in the UK, dont let the tories fool you like they did us with empty lies... You will be leaving the UK aswell as Europe ;)
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