BRITS should be able to get free mobile roaming all over the world after Brexit, a consumer rights group has said.
Which? said ministers should look at scrapping huge fees tourists have to pay to use their phones when travelling in America, Australia, India and others.
Brits benefit from free roaming when they are travelling across the EU and European Economic Area, as of changes brought in last June.
It means everyone who goes to an EU country pays the same price for using their phone as they would do at home.
When we leave, this agreement could end, it is feared.
Launching their new Consumer Charter for Brexit today, a Which? report said: “The Government should put roaming on the agenda for future trade agreements with non-EU countries to expand the Roam Like At Home benefits for people travelling to a wider range of destinations.”
It is not thought that deals on roaming have been secured in other trade deals to date – allowing Britain to lead the way in this field.
Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive of Which?, told the Sun: “It’s important that, post-Brexit, people can continue to use their phone in the EU as they do at home without facing sky high bills. “However, leaving the EU also presents the Government with significant opportunity to go much further, and it should make the ability to ‘roam like at home’ a feature of future trade deals with countries across the world.
“This issue is an example of how we want to work with Government and businesses in order to deliver a Brexit that puts consumers first. With control over all aspects of consumer protection the UK can and must do something special.”
The group said that new roaming fees have been hugely popular with customers, and they encouraged them to roll it out further.
It also says that roaming charges must not be brought back in the EU after Brexit either.
The issue is currently a part of Brexit negotiations, and the Department of International Trade have yet to comment.
Brits previously faced an average of an extra £61 on top of their bill after going abroad.
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Last week it was feared Brits could face higher fees abroad once more after the Prime Minister confirmed that we would be exiting the Digital Single Market – because we could also lose a cap on total costs charged abroad.
Vodaphone, Three and O2 have said they have no plans to bring the fees back.
Which? said: “Without a price cap agreement for wholesale roaming charges after Brexit, wholesale and retail prices for roaming services are likely to increase.”
Two thirds of people they surveyed said it was important for free roaming to continue after we leave the bloc.
A DCMS spokesperson told the Sun last week: “The Government is committed to securing the best deal for British consumers.
“Arrangements on mobile roaming would be subject to any negotiations; however, a future partnership between the UK and EU is clearly in the interests of both sides.”