Off on holiday? Don’t get stung by a high mobile phone bill this summer

August 6, 2014 3:15 PM

Mobile Phone AbroadSummer holidays are just around the corner for many, and with mobile internet access and Wi-Fi it's never been easier to stay in touch with what's going on at home and upload photos to share with friends.

However, coming back from holiday to a huge mobile phone bill can be a nasty surprise, and it is important to remember that using your phone overseas can cost considerably more than it does at home, particularly if you want to access the internet or check your emails.

Ofcom (the Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) have produced some helpful tips to avoid being stung by a hefty bill this summer:

What you can do to avoid a bill shock:

MP for Cheadle constituency, Mark Hunter, said:

'I urge all those going on holiday outside of the UK this summer to be careful when it comes to using their phones and tablets abroad; a huge phone bill is not a happy end to a relaxing time away.

'All mobile operators now have to apply a cut-off limit once you have used €50 - around £40 - of data per month, wherever you travel in the world. As additional protection, Ofcom have provided some helpful advice that will insure you keep more of your money to spend on the next trip abroad.'

Ofcom's advice guide provides top tips for using a mobile abroad including advice on how to keep phones safe and what to do if your phone is lost or stolen.

What would you like to do next?