What is O2 roaming?

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Last update: September 29, 2023
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O2 roaming is a way for customers to travel to certain destinations around Europe and be able to use their O2 SIM only or O2 pay as you go deals like they're at home and be connected to their family and friends back in the UK.

Does O2 roaming have extra charges?

One of the best benefits of having a O2 SIM only deal or a O2 pay as you go deal is that you are eligible for O2 roaming which allows you to travel to amazing destinations around Europe.

Fortunately, O2 customers will not pay any extra charges when they travel abroad to any of the O2 roaming destinations, instead of having extra costs you will be able to use only whatever you have from your allowance.

For example, if you are on a O2 SIM only deal that offers 25GB worth of data, then that is your data allowance for when you travel to any of the O2 roaming destinations.

If your O2 SIM only plan or O2 pay as you go has minutes and texts then you can use that when you are abroad and not get charged extra.

Imagine relaxing in the south of France having a coffee and posting it on your Instagram and Facebook showing off to your friends and family back home.

The best part is not being able to get charged extra for using your phone because with O2 roaming it allows you to roam like you're at home.

However, keep in mind that if you are travelling and not using your data during then turn your data off so you can save on your data.

O2 Roaming Destinations

Before you decide to go on your next holiday make sure you consider all the destinations that have O2 roaming so that you do not get charged extra for using your data, minutes and texts.

Here is a list of all the destinations that have O2 Roaming:

Europe Zone: Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Vatican City.

So, you can travel to Barcelona or visit Greece and enjoy all the amazing beaches they have over there and still stay active and connected with O2 roaming.

Before travelling to any of the O2 roaming destinations make sure you enable your roaming data so that you are able to have data, some phones will have already have their roaming enabled but for iPhone users you must enable your roaming.

O2 roaming outside the EU

If you are planning a trip outside the EU then O2 roaming allows you to travel to international countries outside the O2 roaming destinations, however it does cost you extra and depending on where you travel to the charges can be different.

The best way to travel to anywhere outside Europe is to the O2 Rest of World Pass, there are two types of O2 Rest of World passes.

The Rest of the World 24 hour pass which is usually used for occasional trips and with this deal O2 customers can get 300 minutes, 300 texts and up to 500MB and this plan starts as soon as you get off the plane.

Now you can keep up to date with your family and friends through social media and also use Google Maps to get you around places.

The Rest of World 30 Day Pass is for O2 customers who are planning on going for a long holiday so they need a plan that can keep them active online longer.

O2 Customers will RECEIVE 2000 minutes & texts and up to 5GB worth of data which is very similar to having a O2 pay as you go deal in relation to the data, minutes and text allowance.

Both Rest of World Pass options offer this plan to 96 countries outside the EU so O2 customers can take advantage of this amazing deal.

Also keep in mind if you are using your data to stream movies, games and music it will eat up your data a lot faster so be smart with your data.

Forget O2 roaming: say hello to Holafly

Roaming with O2 is really convenient when we are travelling inside Europe, as the connection inside the EU is free of charge. However, if you are planning to travel outside of the Old Continent, you may consider other options, such as Holafly International eSIM cards.

Changing O2 roaming for an Holafly international eSIM is also very simple, you do not even have to take your O2 SIM out of your phone. Just choose the country you are visiting, select your prefered data plan and activate your eSIM, which will be sent to your email. However, you will need an eSIM compatible phone as the company does not ship its regular SIM cards to the UK.

Holafly offers a wide range of fixed price data plans especially designed for travellers, as you will be able to keep using your phone abroad at a lower price for a few weeks or a whole month, depending on your needs. This means that you know from the beggining how much you are paying for your data plan and how long it will last. This means no surprises on your phone bill once you came back to the UK.

Spend less on roaming with Holafly

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