Three has today announced that its customers can get online, call and text when travelling abroad in seven countries for no extra charge.
The seven initial countries that this is available in are Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark. Three says that as soon as you arrive in one of these countries and pick up any network then customers can get online, call and text just as they would as if they were in the UK and experience no international roaming charges.
Thomas Malleschitz, marketing director at Three, said: "We want to make sure our customers have the best possible mobile experience. By abolishing expensive roaming charges in select countries we are allowing our customers to get even more value from their minutes, texts and data abroad by removing the fear associated with staying in touch while travelling."
Three's announcement that it is binning roaming charges comes 11-months before the EU ban on roaming charges comes into play for all its member countries. From July 2014 all smartphones and tablets users will be able to use their devices for the same price as they go at home.
The EU has already enforced caps on calls, texts and data charges. From July 1 this year 1MB of data has been capped to €0.45 (38p), calls per minute are €0.23 (20p) and €0.07 (6p) to receive, while texts are €0.08 (7p) a time.
Acording to price comparison website uSwitch Uk holidaymakers on average spend an extra £120 on their mobile phone on each trip abroad.