What is roaming and what does the new rule really mean?

What is roaming?

Roaming is the ability of your mobile phone to connect with a network that is different to your home network (network where the contract was made with).

toolani explains the new EU-Roaming regulation

Where is the difference between roaming and calling abroad?

Roaming: Usage of the mobile phone outside of the home country.

Calling abroad: Usage of the mobile phone when you are in your home network and you are calling someone abroad (regardless if you call within or outside of the EU).

But caution! – When you are in your home country and you are calling someone abroad, this does not represent roaming and hence the new roaming rule does not apply.

Roaming - Calls by mobile phone when being located in other EU countries.

Roaming – Calls by mobile phone when being located in other EU countries.

No Roaming - Calls by mobile phone when being in-country and calling abroad - still very high fees!

No Roaming – Calls by mobile phone when being in-country and calling abroad – still very high fees!

What does it mean for calls from the home country to abroad?

It means that there are still fees for calling abroad when located within the home country. These fees vary depending on the provider of your mobile phone contract. Moreover, the charges have even been raised since the new roaming rule has been implemented.

How can these charges be avoided?

You can easily avoid these boosted charges for your calls abroad by using the service of toolani. Additionally, you have a clear overview of your charges and hence you are fully in charge of your expenses.

with toolani you can call to more than 220 countries within or outside of the EU. no risk, no contract, no sim card, no internet. graphic

Use toolani – in order to avoid great fees, which the providers are charging for calls from the home country to abroad.

Are roaming charges everywhere the same?

No. The mobile phone companies are subdividing the world in different “areas”. The charges for roaming are varying vastly depending on these areas. In general you can say that the farther the country is from your home country (outside of the EU) the higher the roaming costs are.

 

Sources:
https://www.tarife.at/ratgeber/roaminghttp://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/telecoms-internet/mobile-roaming-costs/index_de.htm; http://derstandard.at/2000058967682/Das-Ende-der-Roaminggebuehren-ist-da-Es-laueren-Stolpersteine; http://derstandard.at/2000004839233/Telefonieren-ins-EU-Ausland-bis-zu-fuenf-Mal-teurer-als