Avoid unexpected mobile roaming fees overseas with ‘game changer’ offer


Our mobile phones are never far from reach, whether you’re using them to chat with friends and family, update your social media or find directions using digital maps. However, while most phone plans in the UK offer sizeable data allowances for minimal cost, it can be quite another story overseas. That’s why global finance app Revolut has launched a new eSim offer for its customers, helping them to “avoid unexpected fees” when using mobile data abroad and even allowing them to “roam like a local”.

From later this week, customers who have a Revolut account and an eSIM-compatible mobile phone device can access the eSIM service, regardless of the type of plan they are on. All customers need to do is install the eSIM from the Revolut app, and top it up when necessary, to use data abroad without the need for a physical sim.

Even if you land in a foreign country without any data, the finance app is available data-free so that you can top up your plan. The cost to top up data will vary depending on where in the world you are.

eSIM’s are a welcome saviour for Britons, with many of the UK’s largest mobile networks offering eye-watering prices to use their phones overseas. While many providers used to allow Britons to roam like at home in Europe, in the wake of Brexit, many providers have now pushed similar fees onto holidaymakers enjoying a European break.

Customers who are on a Virgin mobile plan could be charged as much as £12.50 per MB outside of the EU, depending on the country you’re in. For EE customers, you’ll need to purchase a Roam Abroad package as an inclusive Extra for an additional £25 a month on top of your usual bill.

These prices may not seem like the end of the world, but they can soon add up if you’re a frequent traveller, which is why eSIMS, which can often be topped up at a considerably lower price, are so helpful.

With Revolut’s eSIM, you can pay as you go and top up only the data that you will need while overseas. UK customers who jump on this new offer early and install their new eSIM by May 1, 2024, will receive an introductory offer of 100MB of global data at no cost, regardless of the Revolut plan they are on.

Customers who have a Revolut Ultra will be granted 3MB of eSIM data per month for free as part of their plan.

Elyas Sadou, product owner of eSIM at Revolut, said: “At Revolut, we harness technology to simplify our customers’ lives, and that’s precisely what our eSIM accomplishes. It offers seamless access to mobile data, eliminating the inconvenience of high prices or the need to buy and organise a physical SIM card.’

Whether you are in the US, Australia or Egypt, you can effortlessly secure a data plan with just a few taps on your phone, and then instantly share those breathtaking photos of your trip with friends and family. It’s a game-changer for people who love to travel.”

While you may have heard of the traditional SIM card, a small, plastic computer chip that is physically slotted into your phone and holds information including your phone number and network, an eSIM is a little bit different. The most noticeable difference is that it is already in your phone (if you have an eSIM-compatible phone) meaning there’s no need to pop it in or out. Some eSIMs for travel are available from as little as £20, including data. 

eSIMs can be activated remotely without the need for a physical card and one of their perks, among many things, is that you need not worry about losing it – that is unless you lose your phone!

They are more secure than traditional SIM cards as they can not be stolen, and they can be reprogrammed and updated remotely, making it easy to switch between mobile service providers. This is what makes them such a dream for jet-setters.

eSIMs allow you to switch between mobile phone service providers while travelling, meaning you can top up and access a local network by using a dedicated eSIM app.

Some devices support multiple eSIMs, giving you the flexibility to switch between mobile service providers.

As they allow you to access local network providers for mobile phone data, it means you only pay local prices – which is far better than paying a UK provider to grant you data access overseas.

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