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What are the best ways to avoid data roaming fees when travelling abroad?

Is where any default cheap mobile provider across Europe? I want to buy sim-card in one country (East or Nord Europe), and use it in other (West Europe). Is it possible?

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marked as duplicate by Jan, Sathya, VMAtm, Dori Jun 24 '11 at 4:25

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

See also:… – Matthew Read Jun 21 '11 at 20:49
Thanks for the link – VMAtm Jun 21 '11 at 21:44
Update: Since EU roaming regulations change (effective late 2013) any of given answers are right now not any longer valid or correct. You can now buy a SIM card in any European country, activate it's roaming plan (if it is not already activated) and use it at the same, flat rates across entire European Union zone. – trejder May 25 '15 at 8:26
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While Europe does have per country operators, there are some operators that will provide very low roaming rates. I've not tried any of them though, and not all of them cover the whole of Europe yet.

Be aware that some countries (such as the UK) have a very competitive Pay As You Go market with very cheap flexible sims available with bundled data etc, while other countries, such as France, are a lot less competitive.

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No it isn't - Europe have per country operators

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Thanks for the straight answer – VMAtm Jun 21 '11 at 21:44

Vodafone are the only company I know of that have their own network across essentially all of Europe. Their roaming prices are not super cheap, and are dependent on where you buy your SIM card. If you buy your SIM card in the UK, the prices can be accessed here. A calling card may be a better option.

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