• EE assured it had no plans to reintroduce roaming charges post‑Brexit, despite warnings from the British government that RoamLike atHome arrangements may end for UK citizens visiting the EU

EE: Free roaming will survive Brexit

EE: Free roaming will survive Brexit

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EE assured it had no plans to reintroduce roaming charges post‑Brexit, despite warnings from the British government that RoamLike atHome arrangements may end for UK citizens visiting the European Union (EU). The operator told the BBC that “our customers enjoy inclusive roaming in Europe and we have no plans to change this based on the Brexit outcome”. Rivals Telefónica UK, Three UK, and Vodafone UK made similar statements. With the UK having now entered the “transition period” — an eleven‑month phase of switching away from EU rules and regulations — the implications for network operators are beginning to be clarified. It is thought that, despite the government cautioning that the “guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway will end” after the transition period finishes on 1 January 2021, this is unlikely to be the case. Many operators introduced free roaming before the EU RoamLike atHome directive came into force in June 2017, and EE and rivals also offer free roaming well beyond the EU’s frontiers.