Watch Out For Roaming Charges In Russia This World Cup
THREE LIONS ON THEIR SHIRTS! The World Cup is nearly upon us. With around three weeks until the competition kicks off, fans from all over the world are flooding to Russia to support our home countries. But for the English, it isn’t just the fear of being eliminated before the knockout stages that we should be worried about. According to uSwitch, Brits are expected to rack up a phone bill of around £3,696.
A lot of dosh right? Well for that kind of money, you could jet off for a four star family holiday. Because Russia isn’t in Europe, well most of it isn’t anyway, calls could cost you up to £3.60 a minute. So you better think twice before calling your loved ones back home when England score a crucial.
Another worrying statistic is the fact that mobile data on average could cost £4.37 per megabyte meaning your £50 monthly cap that you never ever see could easily be spent from listening to around 16 minutes of Spotify. The good news is that there will probably be public WiFi spots you could hook up to if you need to do any online stuff.
Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, says: “The rule when it comes to roaming is to plan ahead. With a single MB of data costing as much as £7.20 in Russia, there are plenty of reasons that travellers and football fans alike need to be wary when roaming outside of the EU. With data costs so high, even with a small amount of usage users can quickly hit the protective cap and there’s a real temptation to opt out. It’s important to note that unbridled roaming after doing so could see your bills soar.
“With the World Cup kicking off in less than a month and the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s well worth looking now at the roaming deals on the market to make sure you don’t get stung by sky-high bills when you return.
“There are other ways to mitigate the risk of bill shock. Some especially savvy mobile customers buy a local SIM or a monthly-rolling SIM-only contract with a network offering a better roaming deal, and then hop back to their usual network after their trip. If you’re out of contract, give 30 days notice and you can choose a new tariff that works for your roaming needs.
“For those that are travelling to the FIFA tournament, Russia is one of Vodafone’s ‘Roam Further’ destinations – which, for £6 a day, allows customers to use their UK texts, calls and data allowance and then only actually pay on the days when using your phone. Bolt-ons are available but even the out of allowance costs are hugely competitive – although those on Basics SIM-only packages won’t be able to roam.
“The best way to avoid getting stung is to look for a tariff that is good for roaming. Check if it’s worth getting a bolt-on, which can help keep usage affordable – and be mindful that if you remove the cap, data costs can easily spiral.
“There are a number of other ways to keep roaming costs down. Keep an eye out for WIFI networks that you can hop onto, but ensure they are trustworthy and password protected. It’s also a good move to download the offline copy of Google Maps for your destination before you travel out there, as using GPS to navigate around can be a massive drain on your data allowance.
“If you’re travelling with kids, you might also want to consider downloading a batch of their favourite shows to your tablets and laptops before heading abroad, especially for the journey – not all airlines have WIFI, or charge you for the privilege, so best to prepare in advance.”
So folks, rememeber to check with your network provider first and plan ahead otherwise your selfie games are going to be suffering a bit and we want to see all of your wonderful football faces over there! But just remember… VARDY’S ON FIRE! YOUR DEFENCE IS TERRIFIED!