STUFF GUIDE – roaming charges

Those MEPs you forgot to elect at the last European elections, bunch of Brussels time wasters right? Wrong – not today at least.A committee of p

Those MEPs you forgot to elect at the last European elections, bunch of Brussels time wasters right? Wrong – not today at least.A committee of politicians have come up with their final say on how much we should all pay to take our mobile phones on jaunts across Europe.So while you could currently pay up to £1.49/min to make a call home from sunny Spain, and up to 99p/min to receive one (ouch), our boys and girls in Brussels could be about to slap those costs down to 32p and 12p per minute respectively.All being well, the new regulation could come in as soon as June. All going badly, it could drag on for a few more months or get dumped altogether, but hey that's Europe for you.So, in anticipation of Bureaucratic dilly dallying, here's our guide to saving now:3: Off to Austria, Ireland or Italy? You're in luck our cultured chum. 3's dropped its roaming charges completely. If you're a Pay Monthly customer you can also count Denmark and Sweden in your roaming charge free zone. Just make sure you're switched to the 3 network and not anybody else or you'll be paying up to £1/min to call out.Not on 3? Check out page two of our Stuff guide for more money saving tips on your travel talking.

O2: O2 has the priciest roaming charges around at up to £1.49/min to call out, but they'll tumble if you switch to 'My Europe' before you go. Just call 2266 to make the jump. It costs nothing to join and you'll pay just 35p/min to make and receive calls abroad.Orange: PAYG customers are stuck paying full-whack but contract peeps can buy bundles of 25 or 50 roaming minutes for £15 or £25. They last a month and cut the cost of calling from 70p/min down to the equivalent of 60p or 50p.T-Mobile: Congrats, you're already on the cheapest network, but standard roaming calls still cost a hefty 55p to make or receive. You can shave off a little with a Voice bundle costing £15 for 30 minutes (50p/min) or £25 for 55 minutes (45p/min).Vodafone: Remembered your Passport? No, the other one – Vodafone Passport is free to join by calling 5555 before you go. It'll switch you from the standard 75p/min tariff to one costing a flat 75p per call plus your standard rate to call out and 75p per call to receive. You can even use your bundled minutes to cover the standard rate bit.