Your roaming charges will be capped in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein from next year, but not in Spain or Italy – for now


et-setting Britons are set to start reaping some of the benefits of Brexit from early next year, as UK officials have just announced they have signed a deal with Norway and Iceland to cap mobile roaming charges for those traveling there.

The latest announcement doesn’t necessarily completely remove roaming charges. It only caps them and the details have yet to be defined by the telecom operators in each country.

The deal is part of a wider free trade agreement signed last year with Norway and Iceland (plus smaller Liechtenstein), as part of the government’s “Global Britain” policy, aimed at making of the United Kingdom an important player on the world stage.

The news could be welcomed by some of the 124,000 British travelers who visited Norway and Iceland in 2021, and by those who may be planning a trip to catch a glimpse of the legendary Northern Lights, among other northern attractions.

It’s also worth noting that Norway and Iceland are among the two most expensive countries to visit in Europe, with travelers reporting that a pint of beer hovers around £8 in both countries. Once instituted, the cap might help soften the blow of the trip there, if only a little.

The 5.08 million people who visited Spain and Italy in 2021, on the other hand, are likely to remain disappointed, as companies like Three charge £2 a day for roaming in the EU.

Indeed, in July and August this year British holidaymakers were drained of almost £80million as they headed to Europe, according to Virgin Media O2, which is the only major toll-free operator. roaming in the EU.

Readers with a good memory may recall that roaming charges did not exist at all from 2017 until January 2020 when the UK officially left the EU. That’s when it was left to individual operators to decide whether or not to bring the fee back.

Meanwhile, the EU recently decided to ban roaming charges in its countries for another decade.

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