Vodafone’s £5 WorldTraveller data cap, which lets you use your regular data allowance when on holiday, DOESN’T apply to mobile broadband deals.
While those with a phone and a pay monthly plan will be able to pay an extra fiver to use their phone as they normally would, you won’t be able to do the same if you’ve got a USB dongle or a wireless MiFi.
Vodafone spokespeople did confirm that while you can’t use MiFis abroad without racking up a bigger bill, you can use WiFi tethering on your phone or tablet to connect other devices.
The £5 a day WorldTraveller deal can be used in the USA, India, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Ghana, Qatar and South Africa. It complements Vodafone’s existing EuroTraveller deal, which currently costs £2 a day and is going up to £3 in August.
EuroTraveller can be used in EU countries as well as places like Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia and Turkey.
The offer looks a lot like rival Three’s Feel at Home deal, except that Three lets customers use their UK minutes, text and data for no extra cost in some countries.
The new offer also comes ahead of EU talks on abolishing roaming charges altogether. As of now, data roaming in the EU has been capped at 20 cents per MB, so customers will have to weigh up whether Vodafone’s daily offer works out better than just letting your phone roam as usual.
It’s also worth noting that if you’re outside Vodafone’s WorldTraveller and EuroTraveller countries, you won’t be charged any more than £41.29 for data. Once you’ve reached this ceiling limit you’ll be sent a text and you won’t be able to access internet services – whether you’re tethering or using your phone – unless you opt out and agree to pay more.