Vodafone is today making it possible for customers to use data throughout Europe at no extra cost. Subscribers will be able to use up to 4GB of data for free while they are abroad, but the limit will depend on which Red tariff they subscribe to.
The move takes a leaf out of Three’s book, which has been offering free data in various countries as part of its “Feel at Home” plan for years. However, in comparison with Three’s service, Vodafone’s has its ups and downs.
With support for 40 countries, Vodafone covers more ground in the EU — but Three, which only supports 19 markets in Europe, offers unlimited data usage. Vodafone will only give you 2GB free if you subscribe to its 8GB Red Value bundle, or 4GB for the 12GB Red Value bundle.
Three also covers a number of countries outside of Europe — including the U.S. — while Vodafone doesn’t.
Which one’s best for you all depends on where you travel most, then. If you’re already tied into a Vodafone contract, this is definitely good news, but other carriers will be following suit soon after the European Commission ruled all operators must abolish EU roaming charges by 2017.
Here’s the full list of European countries Vodafone covers: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey & Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (including Corsica), French Territories, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy (including Vatican City), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores & Madeira), Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including the Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.