British mobile operators may be required by law to offer inclusive data roaming within the EU in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.
All roaming charges were abolished throughout the EU in June 2017 after several years of price reductions, in line with European legislation. However, these rules do not automatically apply if the UK would come from the EU without an agreement.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said that he has received the insurance from Three and Vodafone that additional costs for the use of voice, text and data services within the block will not be recovered if the UK fails before March 2019 to Deal with the EU.
EU roaming after the Brexit
If the other large operators also do not promise to do so, Raab has said that the government forces them to do so by law.
Due to the fierce competition on the British market, it is unlikely that the costs will return, at least in the short term. For example, Three offers roaming in 71 destinations around the world to attract more users to its network, while other operators also offer roaming deals.
However, a Brexit without a deal would mean that European operators would not be obliged to provide favorable access to their infrastructure to their counterparts in the United Kingdom. This means that operating costs can rise and the margins can be pushed even further.
Although it is also possible that European operators will offer UK networks access to their services in exchange for a similar arrangement for their own customers. After all, European mobile users have also become accustomed to using their phones in the UK without paying extra.
Three told TechRadar Pro that his position had not changed since last December.
"My ambition is to free our customers and travel around the globe at no extra cost at all costs and we will continue to abolish unfair roaming charges until we achieve this," said three CEO Dave Dyson at that time.
"We are excited about improving the experiences of our customers when they travel abroad so that they can stay connected and use their phones as they do at home. the availability of roaming in the EU at no additional cost after Brexit. "