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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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    See also: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/25/… Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 20:49
  • 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
    Commented May 25, 2015 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.


No it isn't - Europe have per country operators


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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