Good news for anyone who’s been stung by the deadly roaming charge jellyfish while on holiday – this new worldwide SIM lets you receive incoming calls and texts for free.
At the moment incoming and outgoing calls abroad will be handled by an overseas network, which will then charge your UK operator. As they’re so cash-strapped, they then pass this charge onto you.
To get round this, you can buy a worldwide SIM, like this one from United Mobile. When you jet off to foreign shores, just switch it for your UK one and it’ll let you receive calls in all European countries and others including Australia, China and South Africa, for no extra charge.
The 29p charges for outgoing costs are also generous considering a few hours talking from Oz on a normal network can see you rack up a bill for as much as £300.
There are a couple of downsides to United Mobile’s offering. It doesn’t have coverage in the USA, a common problem among global SIM operators, and you’ll have to make do with a different phone number. You may also have to unlock your phone by calling your operator or going to a site like Unlockme.co.uk.
It is very cheap, though, at £30 and gives you £10 free credit to get you started. And, considering the European Commission’s proposed legislation to cut roaming charges is a while off, it’s your only option for reasonable holiday calls this summer.