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Vodafone to restore EU roaming rates for UK customers

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LONDON (Reuters) – Mobile operator Vodafone has announced plans to restore roaming charges in the European Union from January, similar to its rival EE.

The European Union has abolished roaming charges and imposed additional costs on mobile telecommunications across the border in 2017, saving passengers millions of euros each year.

But EE announced in June that the fee would be reintroduced from January 2022, despite leading operators saying free roaming was not part of the UK withdrawal agreement from the EU.

Vodafone UK Managing Director Ahmed Essam explained that most customers rarely use their phones outside the UK and can opt for a plan that includes roaming and one-time roaming charges.

He added that all customers can continue to use their subscription in Ireland at no extra cost.

(Report on Paul Sands, French edition Valentine Baldassari, edited by Mark Angrand)