Which Reports British newspaper The Independent. In an email to customers, O2 announced changes to its roaming policy effective August 2.
Roaming means that the phone connects to a foreign network. The additional costs charged to this within the European Union were eliminated in 2017. At the time, this also applied to the United Kingdom, which was still part of the European Union.
For every gigabyte of data consumed above the new 25GB limit, O2 customers will soon have to pay £3.50. O2 is the UK’s largest mobile operator.
Britain’s exit from the European Union
The measure comes on the heels of the UK-Europe trade agreement struck on Christmas Eve over Britain’s exit from the European Union. The option to start charging roaming charges again after the UK leaves the EU is left open in that agreement. O2 has not yet commented.
At the end of last year, all major UK service providers said they had no intention of reinstating roaming charges. At the time, it was already clear from the politicians that there were no plans to stop telecom service providers from doing so.
The O2 plans now come as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reflected the fact that it has been five years since Britons voted to leave the European Union.
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