O2 UK has announced today that its inclusive bundles of calls, texts, and data can be used for roaming in Europe from June 15. Being able to use these offerings is good news for many customers of the British service provider intending to make a trip to Europe, especially as the summer holidays are fast approaching. The chance to avoid extra charges applies to O2 Pay As You Go (PAYG) and Pay Monthly plans, as well as Business tariffs offered by the carrier.
If you are an O2 customer that wants to benefit from these changes, you don’t need to take any immediate action. On May 15 the carrier will begin texting customers with more information, and you should be automatically able to use your data allowance as well as make and receive calls and texts to other people within the O2 Europe Zone as of mid-June. Those who require extra data while overseas can use the Bolt On service, with any data leftover still usable on their return to the UK. O2’s Europe Zone for Business and Pay Monthly customers covers 47 countries including popular vacation spots such as Spain, France, Portugal, and Italy. It also covers some countries outside the EU/EEA including Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland, and Monaco. However, this does not apply to customers on the Pay As You Go plan. Instead, those customers wanting to access additional countries can do so with an O2 Travel Bolt On service, or at standard European rates. Regarding data, if you are a PAYG customer using the £30 Big Bundle you can use 10GB of your 20GB allowance. As an extra bonus, O2 is also offering its customers the chance to win one of three weekend breaks in Europe. The mini-breaks are in June, July, and August and include £500 spending money as well as flights and accommodations for two people. The company promised to share more details on the promotion later today.
This news follows developments that took place last month when the European Parliament finally voted to approve an agreement to scrap roaming charges in Europe, despite major opposition from network operators. However, while UK customers will now be able to benefit from this, it’s unclear what will happen after the country's departure from the EU.